Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science / Edition 1

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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.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262631518
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/1994
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 813
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. He is the author of Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences: Defending a Science of Human Behavior.

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Table of Contents

Sources and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Are the Social Sciences Really Inferior? 5
Ch. 2 What Would an Adequate Philosophy of Social Science Look Like? 21
Ch. 3 The Function of General Laws in History 43
Ch. 4 The Theory of Complex Phenomena 55
Ch. 5 A Possible Distinction between Traditional Scientific Disciplines and the Study of Human Behavior 71
Ch. 6 Psychology as Philosophy 79
Ch. 7 General Laws and Explaining Human Behavior 91
Ch. 8 Defending Laws in the Social Sciences 111
Ch. 9 Complexity and Social Scientific Laws 131
Ch. 10 Reflexive Predictions 145
Ch. 11 Human Nature and Human History 163
Ch. 12 The Rationale of Actions 173
Ch. 13 Interpretation and the Sciences of Man 181
Ch. 14 Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture 213
Ch. 15 Hermeneutics and the Hypothetico-Deductive Method 233
Ch. 16 Another Look at the Doctrine of Verstehen 247
Ch. 17 Taylor on Interpretation and the Sciences of Man 259
Ch. 18 Some Problems about Rationality 285
Ch. 19 The Status of Rationality Assumptions in Interpretation and in the Explanation of Action 299
Ch. 20 The Nature and Scope of Rational-Choice Explanation 311
Ch. 21 The Principle of Charity and the Problem of Irrationality (Translation and the Problem of Irrationality) 323
Ch. 22 The Logic of Functional Analysis 349
Ch. 23 Function and Cause 377
Ch. 24 Functional Explanation: In Marxism 391
Ch. 25 Functional Explanation: In Social Science 403
Ch. 26 Assessing Functional Explanations in the Social Sciences 415
Ch. 27 Social Facts 433
Ch. 28 Historical Explanation in the Social Sciences 441
Ch. 29 Methodological Individualism Reconsidered 451
Ch. 30 Methodological Individualism and Social Explanation 459
Ch. 31 Microfoundations of Marxism 479
Ch. 32 Reduction, Explanation, and Individualism 497
Ch. 33 Social Science and the Mental 515
Ch. 34 "Objectivity" in Social Science and Social Policy 535
Ch. 35 Neutrality in Political Science 547
Ch. 36 The Value-Oriented Bias of Social Inquiry 571
Ch. 37 The Philosophical Importance of the Rosenthal Effect 585
Ch. 38 Psychology Constructs the Female 597
Ch. 39 Reasoning about Ourselves: Feminist Methodology in the Social Sciences 611
Ch. 40 A Method for Critical Research 625
Ch. 41 The Methodology of Positive Economics 647
Ch. 42 If Economics Isn't Science, What Is It? 661
Ch. 43 Actions, Reasons, and Causes 675
Ch. 44 Special Sciences (or: The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis) 687
Ch. 45 Narrative Explanations: The Case of History 701
Ch. 46 The Autonomy of Historical Understanding 713
Ch. 47 On the Possibility of Lawful Explanation in Archaeology 733
Ch. 48 Evidential Constraints: Pragmatic Objectivism in Archaeology 747
Bibliography 767
Index 773
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