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The History and Philosophy of Social Science - H. Scott Gordon

The History and Philosophy of Social Science

Paperback Published: 18th April 1991
ISBN: 9780415096706
Number Of Pages: 702
For Ages: 18 years old

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"The History and Philosophy of Social Science" proves that it is possible to meet the most exacting scholarly standards while also managing to make the history of the social sciences enjoyable to read. Scott Gordon provides a comprehensive review of the historical development of the social sciences from their beginnings in Renaissance Italy to the present day. He examines the problems that the great thinkers have confronted in their attempts to construct systematic theories of social phenomena. At the same time, he presents an authoritative survey of the major writers in the fields of economics, sociology, and political science.
Separate chapters are devoted to particular topics of special significance such as the nature of sociality, the idea of harmonious order, the conflict between progress and perfection, the methodology of history, and the relation between biology and the social sciences. In conclusion, Gordon examines the main lines of thought that have developed in the philosophy of science since the breakdown of logical empiricism. He shows how the scientific investigation of social phenomena differs from the methodologies of the physical and biological sciences. This bold new synthesis of the different traditions in the social sciences is at once a major contribution and a superb overview.

"This book is about what modern social science is and how it came to be what it is. The ideas that we carry around with us have their own history, and this book tells us where these ideas come from." -James M. Buchanan, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Economics "Professor Gordon has created a work of rare authority in this riveting and beautifully written history of the social sciences. The book is at once scholarly and popular." -Mark Blaug, University of London "This is a major work which is set to become a classic. Scott Gordon has written what is not only a scholarly and extremely useful survey of the development of ideas in the social sciences . . . but also a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable book." -"The Economic Journal

Prefacep. viii
Sociality and Social Sciencep. 1
The Rise of the Age of Sciencep. 16
Social Lawsp. 33
Political Theory and Political Philosophyp. 57
Physiocracy: The First Economic Modelp. 88
The Methodology of Modellingp. 100
The Scottish Enlightenment of the Eighteenth Centuryp. 111
Progress and Perfectionp. 148
Classical Political Economyp. 168
The Idea of Harmonious Orderp. 211
Utilitarianismp. 248
French Positivism and the Beginnings of Sociologyp. 271
The Marxian Theory of Societyp. 305
The Methodology of Historyp. 390
The Development of Sociological Theoryp. 411
Biology, Social Science, and Social Policyp. 494
The Development of Economic Theoryp. 546
The Foundations of Sciencep. 589
Name Indexp. 669
Subject Indexp. 680
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ISBN: 9780415096706
ISBN-10: 0415096707
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 702
Published: 18th April 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.75  x 3.71
Weight (kg): 0.94
Edition Number: 1