Thinking about Social Thinking / Edition 2

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Overview

Rationalizing human behavior is our most compelling pastime. We are all disposed to offer and accept insufficient evidence and invalid arguments when these seem to support conclusions that we merely wish were true. We need to know how to think clearly about our social thinking, how to resist the allure of self-deception how best to choose.

Everyone skeptical about or confused by the findings of the social sciences will appreciate Antony Flew's crisp analysis of the methodological flaws and systematic misunderstandings corrupting their content and application. Thinking About Social Thinking seeks to establish what can and cannot be learned from such studies, indicating where good work has been ignored, or much-needed work has yet to be done. Flew's clear and incisive arguments are illustrated with abundant examples and references many entertaining, others surprising. Flew issues a refreshing, impassioned warning against the perils of complacent, muddled thinking and false but comfortable conclusions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879759544
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Antony Flew is emeritus professor of philosophy at Reading University, England, and the author of Atheistic Humanism; God, Freedom, and Immortality; Thinking About Social Thinking; and How to Think Straight.

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Table of Contents

1 The Need for Honesty 1
2 The Call for Criticism 11
3 Our Reasons for Acting 33
4 Social Parts and Social Wholes 61
5 Making Visible the Invisible Hands 83
6 Natural or Human Science, Necessity or Choice? 113
7 Natural Laws of Human Action? 135
8 Matters of Fact and Relations of Ideas 169
9 Facts and Values 201
10 Subjective or Objective: Relative or Absolute? 221
References 253
Index of Names 271
Index of Notions 275
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