How should we theorize about the social world? How can we integrate theories, models and approaches from seemingly incompatible disciplines? Does theory affect social reality?
This state-of-the-art collection addresses contemporary methodological questions and interdisciplinary developments in the philosophy of social science. Facilitating a mutually enriching dialogue, chapters by leading social scientists are followed by critical evaluations from philosophers of social science. This exchange showcases recent major theoretical and methodological breakthroughs and challenges in the social sciences, as well as fruitful ways in which the analytic tools developed in philosophy of science can be applied to understand these advancements.
The volume covers a diverse range of principles, methods, innovations and applications, including scientific and methodological pluralism, performativity of theories, causal inferences and applications of social science to policy and business. Taking a practice-orientated and interactive approach, it offers a new philosophy of social science grounded in and relevant to the emerging social science practice.
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About the Author
Michiru Nagatsu is Associate Professor at Practical Philosophy and HELSUS (Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science) at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Attilia Ruzzene is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bergamo, Italy.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
List of Contributors ix
Introduction Michiru Nagatsu Attilia Ruzzene 1
Part 1 The Plurality of Approaches, Disciplines, and Theories 9
Summary of Chapters 9
1 Integration and the Disunity of the Social Sciences Christophe Heintz Mathieu Charbonneau Jay Fogelman 11
Commentary: Plurality and Pluralisms for the Social Sciences Raffaella Campaner 29
2 The Eroding Artificial-Natural Distinction? Some Consequences for Ecology and Economics C. Tyler DesRoches S. Andrew Inkpen Tom L. Green 39
Commentary: Toward a Philosophy and Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research Michiru Nagatsu 59
3 Team Agency and Conditional Games Andre Hofmeyr Don Ross 67
Commentary: Explaining Prosocial Behavior: Team Reasoning or Social Influence? Cédric Paternotte 93
Part 2 From Methodological Choice to Methodological Mix 103
Summary of Chapters 103
4 The Methodologies of Behavioral Econometrics Glenn W. Harrison 107
Commentary: Reflections on Decision Research and Its Empiricism: Four Comments Inspired Harrison Nathaniel T. Wilcox 139
5 Reasons for Using Mixed Methods in the Evaluation of Complex Projects Michael Wookock 147
Commentary: Why Mixed Methods Are Necessary for Evaluating Any Policy Nancy Cartwright 173
6 From an Individual to a Holistic Lens: Reassessing Marketing Models to Deliver Impact Charlotte Vangsgaard 185
Commentary: Unity and Disunity in Consumer Behavior Research Attilia Ruzzene 201
7 The Fish Tank Complex of Social Modeling: On Space and Time in Understanding Collective Dynamics Tommaso Venturini 211
Commentary: Versioning and Structural Change Petri Ylikoski 231
8 Social Statistics Using Strategic Structuralism and Pluralism Wendy Olsen 237
Commentary: Heterogeneity, Plasticity, and Mechanisms: Comments on Olsen Daniel Little 263
Part 3 Explanation, Theorizing, Performativity 273
Summary of Chapters 273
9 Causal Mechanisms and Qualitative Causal Inference in the Social Sciences David Waldner 275
Commentary: An Alternative Hypothesis about Process Tracing: Comments on "Causal Mechanisms and Qualitative Causal Inference in the Social Sciences" Daniel Steel 301
10 How to Theorize? On the Changing Role and Meaning of Theory in the Social Sciences Mikael Carleheden 311
Commentary: Social Theory and Underdetermination: A Philosophical History and Reconstruction Stephen Turner 333
11 Assembling Economic Actors: Time-varying Rates and the New Electricity Consumer Daniel Breslau 341
Commentary: Assembling the Economic Actors Nicolas Brisset 365