ISBN-10:
0521447801
ISBN-13:
2900521447804
Pub. Date:
09/28/1994
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction / Edition 1

Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Martin Hollis

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Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction / Edition 1

In revealing the crucial role to be played by philosophy in the study of the social sciences, this text unearths central philosophical problems underlying the standard ways of thinking about social institutions and social actions, leading the reader to reflect upon the nature of scientific method itself.

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ISBN-13: 2900521447804
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1994
Series: Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: problems of structure and action; 2. Discovering truth: the rationalist way; 3. Positive science: the empiricist way; 4. Ants, spiders and bees: a third way?; 5. Systems and functions; 6. Games with rational agents; 7. Understanding social action; 8. Self and roles; 9. Explaining and understanding; 10. A value-neutral social science?; 11. Rationality and relativism; 12. Conclusion: two stories to tell; Bibliography; Index.

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