New Philosophy of Social Science

New Philosophy of Social Science : Problems of Indeterminacy

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The main argument of this book is that social phenomena are shot through with indetertminacy and open-endedness, and that explanations in research programmes should find ways to deal with the problems that indeterminacy raises. It aims to provide a synthetic treatment of the main issues of the philosophy of social science from a post-empiricist perspective, including causality, rules, interpretation, holism, and social criticism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 544g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745606326
  • 9780745606323

Table of contents

Post-empiricism, indeterminacy and the social sciences; the old logic of the social sciences - actions, reasons and causes; the new logic of the social sciences - rules, rationality and explanation; interpretation and indeterminacy; the macro-micro relation; criticism and explanation; philosophy and social sciences.
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