The Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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The Philosophy of the Social Sciences

An Introduction
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ISBN-13:
9780826489531
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
28.06.2007
Seiten:
414
Autor:
Robert C. Bishop
Gewicht:
638 g
Format:
236x155x26 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
Provides an introduction to major philosophical concepts, issues and debates raised by the social sciences. This book examines key conceptual and methodological questions and illustrates how they shape the practice of research, the interpretation of findings and theory formulation in such disciplines as economics, political science and psychology.
PART I: Introduction; 1. Conceptions of Science; 2. Historical and Philosophical Roots of the Social Sciences: Hobbes, Durkheim, Weber; 3. Five Modes of Social Inquiry; PART II: Ideals, Values and Social Science Practices; 4. Cultural Ideals I: Instrumental Reason; 5. Cultural Ideals II: Political Liberalism and Liberal Individualism; 6. The Myth of Value Neutrality: Disguised Ideologies in Social Science; 7. Methodological Holism and Methodological Individualism; 8. Garbage in-Garbage out: Passing Values Off as Scientific Research; PART III: Disciplinary Issues; 9. Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences; 10. Rational and Social Choice Theory; 11. Political Science; 12. Economics; 13. Sociology; PART IV: Problems, Debates, Controversies; 14. Handling Data; 15. Determinism and Freedom; 16. Explanation in the Social Sciences; 17. Natural Sciences and Social Science; 18. Beyond Objectivism and Relativism Bibliography.
This accessible, comprehensive introduction is ideal for use on undergraduate courses, examining key conceptual and methodological questions, supplemented by useful pedagogical features.>