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Action and Interpretation : Studies in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences - Christopher Hookway

Action and Interpretation

Studies in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

By: Christopher Hookway (Editor), Philip Pettit (Editor)

Paperback Published: 7th July 1980
ISBN: 9780521299084
Number Of Pages: 192

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Whether the interpretations made by social scientists of the thoughts, utterances and actions of other people, including those from an alien culture or a different period in history, are objectively correct, whether the forms of explanation they employ conform to those of the natural sciences, and whether values have a role in arriving at the theory that delivers the interpretations, are the main questions addressed by the contributors to this volume. Of particular importance in the discussion of the issues are developments in the philosophy of language and mind. The eight essays converge on the themes of intentionality, realism and theory choice, reflecting the amount of attention being given to these matters when this book was first published in 1980. Together they make a distinguished contribution to discussion in the area and serve to underline the importance of intellectual collaboration on such discussion between philosophy and the social sciences.

Notes on the contributors
Introduction
Theory and value in the social sciences
Indeterminacy and interpretation
Rational man theory
Maximising, moralising and dramatising
The meaning of another culture's beliefs
'Realistic' realism and the progress of science
On 'the reality of the past'
Practising history and social science on 'realist' assumptions
Index
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ISBN: 9780521299084
ISBN-10: 052129908X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 7th July 1980
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.29