The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science is an outstanding guide to the major themes, movements, debates, and topics in the philosophy of social science. It includes thirty-seven newly written chapters, by many of the leading scholars in the field, as well as a comprehensive introduction by the editors. Insofar as possible, the material in this volume is presented in accessible language, with an eye toward undergraduate and graduate students who may be coming to some of this material for the first time. Scholars too will appreciate this clarity, along with the chance to read about the latest advances in the discipline. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science is broken up into four parts.
















Historical and Philosophical Context











Concepts











Debates











Individual Sciences










Edited by two of the leading scholars in the discipline, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of social science, and its many areas of connection and overlap with key debates in the philosophy of science.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 454 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 27.94mm | 454g
  • Routledge
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0367871572
  • 9780367871574

Table of contents

Part I. Historical and philosophical context
















Comte and the Positivist Vision






Vincent Guillin












Durkheim and the Methods of Scientific Sociology






Warren Schmaus












Verstehen and the Reaction Against Positivism






Brian Fay












The Development of Logical Empiricism






Thomas Uebel












Kuhn's Influence on the Social Sciences






K. Brad Wray












Popper's Influence on the Social Sciences






Jeremy Shearmur












Interpretation and Critical Theory






Ken Baynes












The Empirical Counter-Revolution






Jaakko Kuorikoski







Part II. Concepts












Explanation






David Henderson












Reductionism






Harold Kincaid












Emergence






Julie Zahle












Methodological Individualism






Petri Ylikoski












Functionalism






Alex Rosenberg












Naturalism






David Livingstone Smith












Game Theory






Cristina Bicchieri & Giacomo Sillari












Situational Analysis






Kevin D. Hoover












Bias in Social Scientific Experimentation






Sharon Crasnow












Causal Inference and Modeling






Tuukka Kaidesoja












Collective Intentionality






Kirk Ludwig & Marija Jankovic












Microfoundations, Mechanism, and Causal Powers






Dan Little












Social Ontology






Brian Epstein
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A state-of-the-art collection of original essays by the best writers in the field of history and philosophy of the social sciences.

--Merrilee H. Salmon, University of Pittsburgh
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A state-of-the-art collection of original essays by the best writers in the field of history and philosophy of the social sciences.

--Merrilee H. Salmon, University of Pittsburgh
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About Lee McIntyre

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He is the author of several books, including Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age (Routledge 2015) and Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior (MIT Press, 2006).



Alex Rosenberg is an American philosopher and the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. Rosenberg has written many books, including The Atheist s Guide to Reality. The Girl from Krakow is his first novel. It is based on the experiences of several individuals through the 1930s and World War II.
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