Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science / Edition 1

Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science / Edition 1

by Michael Martin, Lee C. McIntyre, Lee C. McIntyre
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262631512

ISBN-13: 9780262631518

Pub. Date: 03/22/1994

Publisher: MIT Press

This is the first comprehensive anthology in the philosophy of social science to appear since the late 1960s. Covering all of the major areas in the discipline, it will serve as the standard source for scholarship in the field and could be used as the basis for an entire course.The anthology offers one complete,convenient, and well-chosen selection of readings,

Overview

This is the first comprehensive anthology in the philosophy of social science to appear since the late 1960s. Covering all of the major areas in the discipline, it will serve as the standard source for scholarship in the field and could be used as the basis for an entire course.The anthology offers one complete,convenient, and well-chosen selection of readings, plus three specially commissioned articles that encompass the entire range of topics in the field and cover both sides of currently hot debates about explanation, methodological individualism, and the special sciences. The introductions to each section provide a map through the discipline.Michael Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. Lee C.

McIntyre is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University.Sections cover: Explanation, Prediction, and Laws. Interpretation and Meaning. Rationality.

Functional Explanation. Reductionism, Individualism, and Holism. Objectivity and Values. Problems of the Special Sciences.Commissioned articles: Taylor on Interpretation and the Sciences of Man Michael Martin. Microfoundations of Marxism,D. Little. Evidential Constraints: Pragmatic Empiricism in Archaeology, A.

Wylie.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262631518
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/22/1994
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
813
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x (h) x 1.37(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sources and Acknowledgments
PART I
Introduction
1 Are the Social Sciences Really Inferior?
Fritz Machlup
2 What Would an Adequate Philosophy of Social Science Look
Like?
Brian Fay and J. Donald Moon
PART II
Explanation, Prediction, and Laws
3 The Function of General Laws in History
Carl G. Hempel
4 The Theory of Complex Phenomena
F.A. Hayek
5 A Possible Distinction between Traditional Scientific
Disciplines and the Study of Human Behavior
Michael Scriven
6 Psychology as Philosophy
Donald Davidson
7 General Laws and Explaining Human Behavior
Brian Fay
8 Defending Laws in the Social Sciences
Harold Kincaid
9 Complexity and Social Scientific Laws
Lee C. McIntyre
10 Reflexive Predictions
George D. Romanos
PART III
Interpretation and Meaning
11 Human Nature and Human History
R.G. Collingwood
12 The Rationale of Actions
William Dray
13 Interpretation and the Sciences of Man
Charles Taylor
14 Thick Description' Toward an Interpretive Theory of
Culture
Clifford Geertz
15 Hermeneutics and the Hypothetico-Deductive Method
Dagfinn Føllesdal
16 Another Look at the Doctrine of Verstehen
Jane Roland Martin
17 Taylor on Interpretation and the Sciences of Man
Michael Martin
PART IV
Rationality
18 Some Problems about Rationality
Steven Lukes
19 The Status of Rationality Assumptions in Interpretation
and in the Explanation of Action
Dagfinn Føllesdal
20 The Nature andScope of Rational-Choice Explanation
Jon Elster
21 The Principle of Charity and the Problem of
Irrationality (Translation and the Problem of Irrationality)
David K. Henderson
PART V
Functional Explanation
22 The Logic of Functional Analysis
Carl G. Hempel
23 Function and Cause
R. P. Dore
24 Functional Explanation' In Marxism
G.A. Cohen
25 Functional Explanation' In Social Science
Jon Elster
26 Assessing Functional Explanations in the Social Sciences
Harold Kincaid
PART VI
Reductionism, Individualism, and Holism
27 Social Facts
Emile Durkheim
28 Historical Explanation in the Social Sciences
J.W.N. Watkins
29 Methodological Individualism Reconsidered
Steben Lukes
30 Methodological Individualism and Social Explanation
Richard W. Miller
31 Microfoundations of Marxism
Daniel Little
32 Reduction, Explanation, and Individualism
Harold Kincaid
33 Social Science and the Mental
Alan J. Nelson
PART VII
Objectivity and Values
34 "Objectivity" in Social Science and Social Policy
Max Weber
35 Neutrality in Political Science
Charles Taylor
36 The Value-Oriented Bias of Social Inquiry
Ernest Nagel
37 The Philosophical Importance of the Rosenthal Effect
Michael Martin
38 Psychology Constructs the Female
Naomi Weisstein
39 Reasoning about Ourselves' Feminist Methodology in the
Social Sciences
Alison Wylie
40 A Method for Critical Research
Donald E. Comstock
PART VIII
Problems of the Special Sciences
41 The Methodology of Positive Economics
Milton Freidman
42 If Economics Isn't Science, What Is It?
Alexander Rosenberg
43 Actions, Reasons, and Causes
Donald Davidson
44 Special Sciences (or' The Disunity of Science as a
Working Hypothesis)
Jerry Fodor
45 Narrative Explanations' The Case of History
Paul A. Roth
46 The Autonomy of Historical Understanding
Louis O. Mink
47 On the Possibility of Lawful Explanation in Archaeology
Merrilee H. Salmon
48 Evidential Constraints' Pragmatic Objectivism in
Archaeology
Alison Wylie
Bibliography
Index

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