The Philosophy of Social Science Reader

The Philosophy of Social Science Reader

by Francesco Guala
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415779685

ISBN-13: 9780415779685

Pub. Date: 11/12/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Philosophy of Social Science Reader is an outstanding, comprehensive and up-to-date collection of key readings in the philosophy of social science, covering the essential issues, problems and debates in this important interdisciplinary area.

Each section is carefully introduced by the editors, and the readings placed in context. The anthology is

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The Philosophy of Social Science Reader is an outstanding, comprehensive and up-to-date collection of key readings in the philosophy of social science, covering the essential issues, problems and debates in this important interdisciplinary area.

Each section is carefully introduced by the editors, and the readings placed in context. The anthology is organized into seven clear parts:


  • Values and Social Science
  • Causal Inference and Explanation
  • Interpretation
  • Rationality and Choice
  • Individualism
  • Norms
  • Cultural Evolution.

Featuring the work of influential philosophers and social scientists such as Ernest Nagel, Ian Hacking, John Searle, Clifford Geertz, Daniel Kahneman, Steven Lukes and Richard Dawkins, The Philosophy of Social Science Reader is the ideal text for philosophy of social science courses, and for students in related disciplines interested in the differences between the social and natural sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415779685
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/12/2010
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Values and Social Science 1. The Value-Oriented Bias of Social Inquiry E. Nagel 2. The Looping Effects of Human Kinds I. Hacking 3. Powerlessness and Social Interpretation M. Fricker 4. The Feminist Question in Science: What Does it Mean to "Do Social Science as a Feminist?" A. Wylie Part 2: Causal Inference and Explanation 5. The Function of General Laws in History C. Hempel 6. Causes, Confirmation, and Explanation H. Kincaid 7. Explanation and Invariance in the Special Sciences J. Woodward 8. Social Mechanisms and Causal Inference D. Steel 9. The Similarity of Causal Inference in Experimental and Non-experimental Studies R. Scheines Part 3: Interpretation 10. Thick Description: Towards an Interpretive Theory of Culture C. Geertz 11. Uncovering Cultural Meaning: Problems and Solutions T. Jones 12. Interpretation Psychologized A. Goldman 13. The Psychological Basis of Historical Explanation: Reenactment, Simulation, and the Fusion of Horizons K. Stueber Part 4: Rationality and Choice 14. Advances in the Foundations of Rational Behavior J. Harsanyi 15. Maps of Bounded Rationality: A Perspective on Intuitive Judgment and Choice D. Kahneman 16. The Virtual Reality of Homo Economicus P. Pettit 17. Building Economic Machines: the FCC Auctions F. Guala Part 5: Methodological Individualism 18. Methodological Individualism Reconsidered S. Lukes 19. Explaining Institutions: A Defence of Reductionism M. Van Hees 20. Non-Reductive Individualism: Part I—Supervenience and Wild Disjunction K. Sawyer Part 6: Norms, Conventions, and Institutions 21. Coordination and Convention & Common Knowledge D. Lewis 22. Social Convention Revisited M. Gilbert 23. What Is an Institution? J. Searle 24. The Rules We Live By C. Bicchieri Part 7: Cultural Evolution 25. Memes: the New Replicators R. Dawkins 26. Selection and Attraction in Evolution D. Sperber 27. Bargaining with Neighbors: Is Justice Contagious? J. Alexander & B. Skyrms 28. Culture Evolves P. Richerson & R. Boyd

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