Understanding Social Science: Philosophical Introduction to the Social Sciences / Edition 2

Understanding Social Science: Philosophical Introduction to the Social Sciences / Edition 2

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by Roger Trigg, Trigg
     
 

In this lucid and engaging analysis of the nature of society, Roger Trigg examines the scientific basis of social science and shows that philosophical presuppositions are a necessary starting point for the study of society.

This second edition contains three new chapters that demonstrate the relationship of the philosophy of social science to politics, and takes

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In this lucid and engaging analysis of the nature of society, Roger Trigg examines the scientific basis of social science and shows that philosophical presuppositions are a necessary starting point for the study of society.

This second edition contains three new chapters that demonstrate the relationship of the philosophy of social science to politics, and takes into account recent developments including the impact of rational choice theory, and attacks on the possibility of reason by postmodernists.

Themes in the book include the relation of individual to society, the basis of our understanding of other societies, and the character of social reality. Is there such a thing as society? What of the threat of relativism? These and other questions are examined in depth, but with a clarity that introduces the issues to those new to the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631218722
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/27/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.

Acknowledgement.

1. The Nature of Science.

2. Objectivity and the Sociology of Knowledge.

3. Individuals and Society.

4. Understanding Other Societies.

5. Rationality.

6. Facts and Values.

7. Economics and Society.

8. Culture: Function and Adaptation.

9. Sociobiology and Determinism.

10. Markets and Social Institutions.

11. Tradition and Reason.

12. The Philosophical Basis of Social Science.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Index.

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