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Mapping Reality: An Evolutionary Realist Methodology for the Natural and Social Sciences / Edition 1

Mapping Reality: An Evolutionary Realist Methodology for the Natural and Social Sciences / Edition 1

by Jane Azevedo


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ISBN-13: 9780791432082
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/30/1997
Series: SUNY series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures



I. The Problems

1. Sociology Today
1.1 The Diversity of Sociological Method
1.2 The Patterns of Diversity
1.3. The Problems of Diversity

2. Issues in the Metatheory of Sociology

2.1 Can Sociology Be Scientific?
2.2 The Status of the Social Sciences vis-a-vis the Natural Sciences: Naturalism versus Humanism
2.3 Scientific Knowledge and Validity
2.4 The Naturalist Realist Strategy

II. Tools for a Solution

3. Theories as Maps of the World

3.1 Sciencing as a Human Activity
3.2 A Naturalist Realist Model of Scientific Theory

4. The Nature of Validity

4.1 The Adequacy of Maps
4.2 The Adequacy of Theories
4.3 The Mapping Model of Knowledge

III. The Tools Applied

5. Validity and Reality in the Social Sciences

5.1 Cause and Reality
5.2 Structure, Function, and Cause in Sociology
5.3 Distinguishing Causal and Functional Explanations
5.4 The Relationship between Causal and Functional Theories
5.5 Reasons and Causes
5.6 The Status of Rational Explanations
5.7 Conclusion

6. Knowing in a Complex World

6.1 The Complex Nature of Reality
6.2 Reducing Complexity in a Complex and Changing World
6.3 The Ontological Consequences of a Pluralist Methodology
6.4 The Fragmentation of Knowledge

7. The Unification of Knowledge

7.1 Epistemic Values and the Unification of Knowledge
7.2 Reductionism and Unification
7.3 The MMK and Unification
7.4 Answering the Relativist Challenge to Realism

IV. The Conclusion

8. The MMK and the Metatheory of Sociology




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