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Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science : Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science - Michael Martin

Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science

Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science

By: Michael Martin (Editor), Lee McIntyre (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd March 1994
ISBN: 9780262631518
Number Of Pages: 814
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This is the first comprehensive anthology in the philosophy of social science to appear since the late 1960s. Covering all of the major areas in the discipline, it will serve as the standard source for scholarship in the field and could be used as the basis for an entire course. The anthology offers one complete, convenient, and well-chosen selection of readings, plus three specially commissioned articles that encompass the entire range of topics in the field and cover both sides of currently hot debates about explanation, methodological individualism, and the special sciences. The introductions to each section provide a map through the discipline. Michael Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. Lee C. McIntyre is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University. Sections cover: Explanation, Prediction, and Laws. Interpretation and Meaning. Rationality. Functional Explanation. Reductionism, Individualism, and Holism. Objectivity and Values. Problems of the Special Sciences. Commissioned articles: "Taylor on Interpretation and the Sciences of Man" Michael Martin. "Microfoundations of Marxism," D. Little. "Evidential Constraints: Pragmatic Empiricism in Archaeology, "A. Wylie.

Sources and Acknowledgments
Are the Social Sciences Really Inferior?p. 5
What Would an Adequate Philosophy of Social Science Look Like?p. 21
The Function of General Laws in Historyp. 43
The Theory of Complex Phenomenap. 55
A Possible Distinction between Traditional Scientific Disciplines and the Study of Human Behaviorp. 71
Psychology as Philosophyp. 79
General Laws and Explaining Human Behaviorp. 91
Defending Laws in the Social Sciencesp. 111
Complexity and Social Scientific Lawsp. 131
Reflexive Predictionsp. 145
Human Nature and Human Historyp. 163
The Rationale of Actionsp. 173
Interpretation and the Sciences of Manp. 181
Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culturep. 213
Hermeneutics and the Hypothetico-Deductive Methodp. 233
Another Look at the Doctrine of Verstehenp. 247
Taylor on Interpretation and the Sciences of Manp. 259
Some Problems about Rationalityp. 285
The Status of Rationality Assumptions in Interpretation and in the Explanation of Actionp. 299
The Nature and Scope of Rational-Choice Explanationp. 311
The Principle of Charity and the Problem of Irrationality (Translation and the Problem of Irrationality)p. 323
The Logic of Functional Analysisp. 349
Function and Causep. 377
Functional Explanation: In Marxismp. 391
Functional Explanation: In Social Sciencep. 403
Assessing Functional Explanations in the Social Sciencesp. 415
Social Factsp. 433
Historical Explanation in the Social Sciencesp. 441
Methodological Individualism Reconsideredp. 451
Methodological Individualism and Social Explanationp. 459
Microfoundations of Marxismp. 479
Reduction, Explanation, and Individualismp. 497
Social Science and the Mentalp. 515
"Objectivity" in Social Science and Social Policyp. 535
Neutrality in Political Sciencep. 547
The Value-Oriented Bias of Social Inquiryp. 571
The Philosophical Importance of the Rosenthal Effectp. 585
Psychology Constructs the Femalep. 597
Reasoning about Ourselves: Feminist Methodology in the Social Sciencesp. 611
A Method for Critical Researchp. 625
The Methodology of Positive Economicsp. 647
If Economics Isn't Science, What Is It?p. 661
Actions, Reasons, and Causesp. 675
Special Sciences (or: The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis)p. 687
Narrative Explanations: The Case of Historyp. 701
The Autonomy of Historical Understandingp. 713
On the Possibility of Lawful Explanation in Archaeologyp. 733
Evidential Constraints: Pragmatic Objectivism in Archaeologyp. 747
Bibliographyp. 767
Indexp. 773
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ISBN: 9780262631518
ISBN-10: 0262631512
Series: Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 814
Published: 22nd March 1994
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.4  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 1.36