On the Logic of the Social Sciences

On the Logic of the Social Sciences

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In this wide-ranging work, now available in paperback, Habermas presents his views on the nature of the social sciences and their distinctive methodology and concerns. He examines, among other things, the traditional division between the natural sciences and the social sciences; the characteristics of social action and the implications of theories of language for social enquiry; and the nature, tasks and limitations of hermeneutics. Habermas' analysis of these and other themes is, as always, rigorous, perceptive and constructive. This brilliant study succeeds in highlighting the distinctive characteristics of the social sciences and in outlining the nature of, and prospects for, critical theory today.
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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745694139

About J?rgen Habermas

J&uumlrgen Habermas is the author of numerous books including The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (Polity 1988) and The Theory of Communicative Action (Polity, 1988).
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'On the logic of the Social Sciences is a fine tribute to the care with which Habermas prepared his [intellectual] expedition. His survey of the literature of social scientific theory is inclusive and incisive.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'The vision of this book remains powerful and there is still much to be learned and gained from this, one of Habermas's most accessible, practical, and relevant texts.' Environment and Planning
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Table of contents

Introduction. Translator's Note. Preface. Part I. The Dualism of the Natural and Cultural Sciences:. 1. A Historical Reconstruction. 2. Sociology and History: The Contemporary Discussion. Part II. On the Methodology of General Theories of Social Action:. 3. Normative-Analytic and Empirical-Analytic Approaches to Social Science. 4. Intentional Action and Stimulus-Response Behaviour. 5. Three Forms of Functionalism. Part III. On the Problem of Understanding Meaning in the Empirical-Analytic Sciences of Action:. 6. The Phenomenological Approach. 7. The Linguistic Approach. 8. The Hermeneutic Approach. Part IV. Sociology as Theory of the Present:. 9. The Limits of Linguistically Oriented Interpretive Sociology. 10. Open Questions. Notes. Index.
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