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Social Science under Debate: A Philosophical Perspective
     

Social Science under Debate: A Philosophical Perspective

by Mario Bunge
 

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Mario Bunge, author of the monumental Treatise on Basic Philosophy, is widely renowned as a philosopher of science. In this new and ambitious work he shifts his attention to the social sciences and the social technologies. He considers a number of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, law, history, and management

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Mario Bunge, author of the monumental Treatise on Basic Philosophy, is widely renowned as a philosopher of science. In this new and ambitious work he shifts his attention to the social sciences and the social technologies. He considers a number of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, law, history, and management science.

Bunge contends that social science research has fallen prey to a postmodern fascination with irrationalism and relativism. He urges social scientists to re-examine the philosophy and the methodology at the base of their discipline. Bunge calls for objective and relevant fact-finding, rigorous theorizing, and empirical testing, as well as morally sensitive and socially responsible policy design.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802083579
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are Saying About This

Charles Tilly

'We should welcome the book for its author, subject, and style. He maps what is wrong and what is strong in energetic, opinionated prose. I can't wait to teach from the published version, not to mention embellish my own methodological essays with bright quotations from it.'

Joseph Agassi

'The book is scholarly yet lively; comprehensive yet unified around a few central powerful ideas; profound yet entertaining reading with one bon mot after another; unorthodox yet constructive; a sort of vademecum for the bewitched but critical rover through the manifold of contemporary social studies.'

Nicholas Rescher

'This book covers a vast domain with a firm grasp of the big issues. Its great advantage lies in treating all this material from a unified perspective.'

The late Ernest A. Gellner

'The main merit of this work is a wide range of relevant material, reliably and intelligently assembled, clearly presented. No one can read this volume without learning a great deal, and it could be used as a backbone of a teaching course, or an intelligent person could use it in an initiation to each of the fields. Clarity, erudition and range are the merits.'

Meet the Author

Mario Bunge is the Frothingham Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.

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