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History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences - Peter T. Manicas

History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences


Published: 8th January 1991
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This ambitious critical history of the variety of disciplines we group together as the social sciences argues that the defining characteristic of social science, both historically and in the present, is ideology. Based originally on a flawed ideal of science, the 'social sciences' have incorporated and refined a set of assumptions about the nature of state and society, assumptions which have been institutionalized with the growth of modern universities.
The book is in three main parts. It deals firstly with the history of certain key ides from the early modern period (assessing thinkers from Hobbes and Marx to Hegel, Weber, and Kuhn), before exploring the institutional and social features which have shaped the emergence of modern social science. Manicas goes on to reveal the ideological component of mainstream social science, concluding by suggesting and alternative realist philosophy for the future.
Rigorous in scholarship and engaging in presentation, the book offers a brilliant combination of wide-ranging historical scholarship and a firm location in the current theoretical dilemmas of the social sciences

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Author's Notep. viii
The Critical Ideas
Introductionp. 3
Science and Philosophyp. 7
Of the Commonwealthp. 24
The Emergence of Political Economyp. 37
Progress: The Laws of Developmentp. 53
The German Conception of History: Herder or Hegel?p. 73
Scientific Socialism: Marxian Dialecticsp. 97
From Ranke to Max Weberp. 117
Economy and Society: The Sociology of Pareto and Durkheimp. 141
The Genesis of Psychologyp. 168
The Modern Social Sciences
Capitalism, Science, and the Universityp. 193
The Americanization of Social Sciencep. 213
Realist Philosophy of Social Science
The Critique of Empiricismp. 241
A Realist Social Sciencep. 266
Psychology: Theoretical and Appliedp. 294
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 336
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ISBN: 9780631165835
ISBN-10: 0631165835
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 8th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.32  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1