This book offers a systematic and critical discussion of Peter Winch's writings on the philosophy of the social sciences. The author points to Winch's tendency to over-emphasize the importance of language and communication, and his insufficient attention to the role of practical, technological activites in human life and society.
It also offers an appendix devoted to the controversy between the anthropologists Marshall Sahlins and Gananath Obeyesekere regarding Captain James Cook's Hawaiian adventures.
Essential reading for those studying the development of philosophy in the twentieth century, this book will also be of great interest to anthropologists, sociologists, scholars of religion, and all those with an interest in the relationship between philosophy and the social sciences.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.56(d)|
About the Author
Berel Dov Lerner is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Western Galilee College, Israel.
Table of ContentsAcknowlegements, Abbreviations, Introduction, I. Social Science and Winch's Idea of Philosophy, II. Winch on Rule-Following, III. Rules and Meaningful Behavior, IV. Explanation and Interpretation, V. Winch on the Use of Technical Concepts in the Social Science: The Interpretive Autonomy of Meaningful Behavior, VI. Winch and Interpretive Charity, VII. Evans-Pritchard's Study of Zande Mysticism, VIII. Winch's Interpretation of Magic and Religion, IX. Winch and the Ethnographic Record, XI. Evidence and Interpretation, XII. Instrumental Action in Winch's Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Appendix: Winch and the Sahlins/ Obeyesekere Controversy, XIII. Bibliography