In this lucid and engaging introductory volume on the nature of society, Roger Trigg examines the scientific basis of social science and shows that philosophical presuppositions are a necessary starting point for the study of society.
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About the Author
Roger Trigg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. His most recent books include Rationality and Science (Blackwell, 1993), Rationality and Religion (Blackwell, 1998), the widely-read Ideas of Human Nature (second edition, Blackwell, 1999), and Philosophy Matters (Blackwell, forthcoming).
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition.
1. The Nature of Science.
2. Objectivity and the Sociology of Knowledge.
3. Individuals and Society.
4. Understanding Other Societies.
6. Facts and Values.
7. Economics and Society.
8. Culture: Function and Adaptation.
9. Sociobiology and Determinism.
10. Markets and Social Institutions.
11. Tradition and Reason.
12. The Philosophical Basis of Social Science.