New Philosophy of Social Science

New Philosophy of Social Science : Problems of Indeterminacy

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Now available in paperback, this book offers an original introduction to the philosophy of social science, emphasising new post-empiricist approaches.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 157 x 226 x 15mm | 432g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Revised ed.
  • 0745614086
  • 9780745614083
  • 2,242,113

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Recent philosophy of science has concentrated on the practices and histories of scientific disciplines rather than focusing on confirming the validity of scientific knowledge. New Philosophy of Social Science examines how such an approach might be applied to the social sciences. Its starting point is three recent social science research programmes: rational choice theory, ethnomethodology, and the theory of communicative action.

The book considers many basic problems of the social sciences including the nature of causality, rules, interpretation, and social criticism and provides extensive discussion of current debates. Each problem is solved by reconstructing successful explanations within the research programs, and each reconstruction is presented as a 'pattern' of explanation.
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Table of contents

Introduction: Post-Empiricism, Indeterminacy, and the Social Sciences.

1. The Old Logic of the Social Sciences:.

Actions, Reasons and Causes.

2. The New Logic of the Social Sciences:.

Rules, Rationality and Explanation.

3: Interpretation and Indeterminacy.

4: The Macro-Micro Relation.

5: Criticism and Explanation.

Conclusion: Philosophy and the Social Sciences.
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a An important and well crafted argument which compels attention.a Network a [a] learned and acute survey of the a new logic of social sciencea .a The London Review of Books a The book is a valuable contribution to the development of post--empiricist and post--structuralist social philosophy which will surely attract much detailed attention.a Political Studies
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About James Bohman

James Bohman has spent a number of years researching in Frankfurt and has worked with Jurgen Habermas.
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