Measuring the Intentional World

Measuring the Intentional World : Realism, Naturalism, and Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

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Scientific realism has been advanced as an interpretation of the natural sciences but never the behavioural sciences. This exciting book introduces a novel version of scientific realism-Measured Realism-that characterizes the kind of theoretical progress in the social and psychological sciences that is uneven but indisputable. Trout proposes a theory of measurement-Population-Guided Estimation-that connects natural, psychological, and social scientific inquiry.
Presenting quantitative methods in the behavioural sciences as at once successful and regulated by the world, Measuring the Intentional World will engage philosophers of science, historians of science, sociologists of science, and scientists interested in the foundations of their own
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  • Hardback | 302 pages
  • 163 x 241 x 31mm | 604g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195107667
  • 9780195107661

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A radical book, and essential reading for courses in philosophy of science, statistics, and research methods. * Choice * This is an interesting, complex, and important book. Indeed, it may well be the most important book in the philosophy of the social sciences since Rosenberg's Sociobiology and the Preemption of Social Science (1980). In addition to developing an original and intriguing naturalistic account of psychology and the social sciences, Trout offers the reader a most nuanced analysis of various forms of scientific realism, as well as a well-developed version of naturalistic
epistemology. * Teaching Philosophy * There is much of value in Trout's book. The careful sorting out of often confused realist claims is welcome. His recognition that the social sciences sometimes have measurement and testing procedures akin to those of the natural sciences is also a welcome antidote to the long tradition of arguing about their scientific status without looking at what they actually do. Trout's claim that assessments of realism issues require carefully looking at specific theories seems
to me particularly valuable. * Philosophical Review *
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