On the Logic of the Social Sciences

On the Logic of the Social Sciences

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ISBN-13: 9780745694139
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 236
File size: 730 KB

About the Author

Jürgen Habermas is the author of numerous books including The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (Polity 1988) and The Theory of Communicative Action (Polity, 1988).

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Translator's Note. Preface.

Part I. The Dualism of the Natural and Cultural Sciences:.

1. A Historical Reconstruction.

2. Sociology and History: The Contemporary Discussion.

Part II. On the Methodology of General Theories of Social Action:.

3. Normative-Analytic and Empirical-Analytic Approaches to Social Science.

4. Intentional Action and Stimulus-Response Behaviour.

5. Three Forms of Functionalism.

Part III. On the Problem of Understanding Meaning in the Empirical-Analytic Sciences of Action:.

6. The Phenomenological Approach.

7. The Linguistic Approach.

8. The Hermeneutic Approach.

Part IV. Sociology as Theory of the Present:.

9. The Limits of Linguistically Oriented Interpretive Sociology.

10. Open Questions.

Notes.

Index.

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Endorsement

Written in 1967 as an exercise in selfclarification, On the Logic of the Social Sciences is unmatched in its scope, insights, and impact. The point of departure for Habermas' twenty-year effort to reconstruct critical social theory, it is an indispensable aid to understanding his recent work on the theory of communicative action. The book also stands on its own as one of the best general overviews of the field, and should be required reading for students of the methodology and philosophy of the social sciences.—James Schmidt, Boston University

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