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Naturalism and Social Science : A Post-Empiricist Philosophy of Social Science - David N. Thomas

Naturalism and Social Science

A Post-Empiricist Philosophy of Social Science

Paperback Published: 24th March 1980
ISBN: 9780521296601
Number Of Pages: 224

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This 1979 text addresses the ways in which the dominant theories in large areas of Western social science have been subject to strong criticisms, particularly of their supposed philosophical deficiencies. In the philosophy of science, this resulted in empiricist views being replaced by an emphasis on the potential obstinacy of theory in the face of the empirical world. After introducing this contemporary philosophy of science, Dr Thomas uses it to argue that social study can both retain the natural scientific commitment to the constraint of the external world and assimilate the sorts of philosophical criticisms that were made of the old social scientific theories. In particular, he shows that social study understood in terms of the new philosophy of science can give an account of the former's distinctive concerns with issues of the meaning and value of social life. Dr Thomas supports his abstract arguments by detailed case studies.

Complexity and social science
Common sense and social science
Meaning and social science
Values and social science
Paradigms and social science
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ISBN: 9780521296601
ISBN-10: 0521296609
Series: Cambridge Geographical Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 24th March 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.34

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