Rationality / Edition 1

Rationality / Edition 1

by Bryan Wilson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 063109900X

ISBN-13: 9780631099000

Pub. Date: 01/16/1991

Publisher: Wiley

Rationality contains a selection of the best contemporary writing on one of the central issues in the philosophy of social science. The contributors address themselves to questions which have increasingly become the subject of a many-sided debate between philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists: How are we to understand the beliefs and actions of other

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Rationality contains a selection of the best contemporary writing on one of the central issues in the philosophy of social science. The contributors address themselves to questions which have increasingly become the subject of a many-sided debate between philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists: How are we to understand the beliefs and actions of other men in other cultures? Can we translate the meanings and the reason of one culture into the language of another.
This volume is essential reading for courses on the methodology and philosophy of social science and is so arranged that the student is introduced step by step to the cut and thrust of scholarly debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631099000
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/16/1991
Series:
Key Concepts in the Social Sciences
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvi
A Sociologist's Introductionvii
1The Idea of a Social Science1
2Concepts and Society18
3Explaining Cargo Cults50
4Is Understanding Religion Compatible with Believing?62
5Understanding a Primitivb Socibty78
6The Idea of a Social Science112
7African Traditional Thought and Western Sciencb131
8The Problem of the Rationality of Magic172
9Some Problems About Rationality194
10The Limits of Irrationality214
11Reason and Ritual221
12On Understanding Ritual240
Bibliography269
Index of Names273

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