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A A Treatise on Social Theory : A Treatise on Social Theory Methodology of Social Theory v. 1 - W. G. Runciman

A A Treatise on Social Theory

A Treatise on Social Theory Methodology of Social Theory v. 1

Paperback Published: 2nd May 1983
ISBN: 9780521272513
Number Of Pages: 364

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In this first volume of a projected trilogy, the author argues that a methodology adequate to solve the long-standing debate over the status of the social as against the natural sciences can be constructed in terms of a fourhold distinction between the reportage, explanation, description and evaluation of human behaviour. The distinction rests on an analysis of the scope and nature of social theory which is not only original in conception but far-reaching in its implications for the assessment of the results of sociological, anthropological and historical research. In this volume, there are set out the separate and distinctive criteria by which the reports, explanations, descriptions and evaluations put forward by social scientists of rival theoretical schools require to be tested. These criteria will then be applied in Volume II to a substantive theory of social relations, social structure and social evolution, and in Volume III to a detailed analysis of the society of twentieth-century England. Each of the three volumes can be read independently of the others. Thus the trilogy will, when completed, be seen to form a coherent and unified whole.

Preface
Introduction: The Nature of Social Theory
Social theory as science
The concept of understanding
Analysis of actions
Two kinds of value-judgement
The problem of reflexivity
Conclusion
Reportage in Social Theory
The practice of primary understanding
The choice of terms
The bounds of reportage
Sub-types and variants
Definition and classification
Inference within reportage
Conclusion
Explanation in Social Theory
Theory-making and secondary understanding
The grounding of hypotheses
Interpreting weak but adequate theories
Varieties of causes
Goals, functions and evolution
Conclusion
Description in Social Theory
Tertiary understanding
Authenticity and its opposites
Putting descriptions across
The uses of analogy and detail
Conceptualization and narration
The relation of description to evaluation
How good can descriptions hope to be? 27. Conclusion
Evaluation in Social Theory
The inescapability of evaluation
Benevolence as a presupposition
forms of misevaluation
Appealing to the 'facts'
Evaluation without pre-emption
Theory-neutral uses of evaluative terms
Conclusion
Index
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ISBN: 9780521272513
ISBN-10: 0521272513
Series: Cambridge Computer Science Texts : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 2nd May 1983
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.53

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