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The Sociology-Philosophy Connection

by Mario Bunge
     
 

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Most social scientists and philosophers claim that sociology and philosophy are disjoint fields of inquiry. Some have wondered how to trace the precise boundary between them. Mario Bunge argues that the two fields are so entangled with one another that no demarcation is possible or, indeed, desirable. In fact, sociological research has demonstrably philosophical

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Most social scientists and philosophers claim that sociology and philosophy are disjoint fields of inquiry. Some have wondered how to trace the precise boundary between them. Mario Bunge argues that the two fields are so entangled with one another that no demarcation is possible or, indeed, desirable. In fact, sociological research has demonstrably philosophical pre-suppositions. In turn, some findings of sociology are bound to correct or enrich the philosophical theories that deal with the world, our knowledge of it, or the ways of acting upon it.

While Bunge’s thesis would hardly have shocked Mill, Marx, Durkheim, or Weber, it is alien to the current sociological mainstream and dominant philosophical schools. Bunge demonstrates that philosophical problematics arise in social science research. A fertile philosophy of social science unearths critical presuppositions, analyzes key concepts, refines effective research strategies, crafts coherent and realistic syntheses, and identifies important new problems.

Bunge examines Marx’s and Durkheim’s thesis that social facts are as objective as physical facts; the so-called Thomas theorem that refutes the behaviorist thesis that social agents react to social stimuli rather than to the way we perceive them; and Merton’s thesis on the ethos of basic science which shows that science and morality are intertwined. He considers selected philosophical problems raised by contemporary social studies and argues forcefully against tolerance of shabby work in academic social science and philosophy alike.

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The Sociology-Philosophy Connection is a general introduction to explanation in the social sciences, as well as a critique of some major social philosophies, approaches, and methods.”

—Andreas Pickel, Society

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While some social scientists and philosophers claim that sociology and philosophy are disjoint fields of inquiry and others ponder how to trace the boundary between them, Bunge (foundations and philosophy of science, McGill U., Montreal) argues that the two fields are so entangled with each other that no demarcation is possible, or indeed desirable. Sociological research, he says, has philosophical presuppositions and may correct philosophical theories about the world, our knowledge of it, or how we act on it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412849654
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Mario Bunge is professor in the philosophy department at McGill University in Montreal and holds sixteen honorary doctorates and four honorary professorships. His works include Treatise on Basic Philosophy, Philosophy of Psychology, Scientific Materialism, Social Science under Debate, and Philosophy of Science.

Raymond Boudon is professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. In addition, he is a member of the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, International Academy of Human Sciences of St. Petersburg, and the Central European Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include The Art of Self-Persuasion, The Analysis of Ideology, and Theories of Social Change.

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