Philosophy of Social Science: The Methods, Ideals and Politics of Social Inquiry / Edition 1

Philosophy of Social Science: The Methods, Ideals and Politics of Social Inquiry / Edition 1

by Michael Root
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631190422

ISBN-13: 9780631190424

Pub. Date: 12/16/1993

Publisher: Wiley

This book is a critical introduction to the philosophy of social science. While most social scientists maintain that the social sciences should stand free of politics, this book argues that they should be politically partisan. Root offers a clear description and provocative criticism of many of the methods and ideals that guide research and teaching in the social

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This book is a critical introduction to the philosophy of social science. While most social scientists maintain that the social sciences should stand free of politics, this book argues that they should be politically partisan. Root offers a clear description and provocative criticism of many of the methods and ideals that guide research and teaching in the social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631190424
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/16/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. The Liberal Ideal.

2. Max Weber and the Methodology of the Social Sciences.

3. Theories of Development in Psychology and Political Science.

4. Functional Theories in Sociology and Biology.

5. Rational Choice Theories in Positive and Normative Economics.

6. Collecting Data in the Social Sciences.

7. Sorting Data into Kinds.

8. Explaining the Data.

9. The Fact/Vale Distinction.

10. Social Science and Perfectionism.

Bibliography.

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