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Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences: Analyzing Controversies in Social Research / Edition 1
     

Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences: Analyzing Controversies in Social Research / Edition 1

by Harold Kincaid, Kincaid
 

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ISBN-10: 0521558913

ISBN-13: 9780521558914

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book defends the prospects for a science of society. It argues that behind the diverse methods of the natural sciences lies a common core of scientific rationality that the social sciences can and sometimes do achieve. It also argues that good social science must be in part about large-scale social structures and processes and thus that methodological

Overview

This book defends the prospects for a science of society. It argues that behind the diverse methods of the natural sciences lies a common core of scientific rationality that the social sciences can and sometimes do achieve. It also argues that good social science must be in part about large-scale social structures and processes and thus that methodological individualism is misguided. These theses are supported by a detailed discussion of actual social research, including theories of agrarian revolution, organizational ecology, social theories of depression, and supply-demand explanations in economics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521558914
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Issues and arguments; 2. Challenges to scientific rationality; 3. Causes, confirmation, and explanation; 4. Functionalism defended; 5. The failures of individualism; 6. A science of interpretation?; 7. Economics: a test case; 8. Problems and prospects.

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