Karl Popper and the Social Sciences
This is the first book-length exploration of Karl Popper's often-neglected contributions to the philosophy of social science. William A. Gorton situates Popper's ideas on social inquiry within the broader framework of his thought, including his philosophy of natural science, his ontological theories, and his political thought. Gorton places special attention on Popper's theory of situational analysis and how it aims to heighten our understanding of the social world by untangling the complex web of human interaction that produces unintended--and often unwanted--social phenomena. Situational analysis, Gorton contends, involves a significant departure from the method of the natural sciences, despite Popper's plea for the unity of scientific method. Gorton also addresses some common misconceptions concerning Popper's stance toward economics and Marxism, making the provocative claim that contemporary analytical Marxism provides the best current example of Popperian social science put into practice.
- Paperback | 157 pages
- 154.43 x 228.09 x 9.91mm | 227g
- 10 Feb 2006
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Annotated edition
- Total Illustrations: 0
"Gorton deals critically, but sympathetically and insightfully, with Karl Popper's philosophy of the social sciences, and his method of situational analysis as a model of social-scientific explanation in particular. While the topic is dense, Gorton manages to make it lively and interesting. His book makes a singular and significant contribution to the philosophy and methodology of social-scientific inquiry."
About William A. Gorton
William A. Gorton is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Alma College, Michigan.