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.show more

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  • Hardback | 474 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 30.48mm | 975g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138825751
  • 9781138825758

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.show more

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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 Pittsburghshow more

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 * Realism and Anti-Realism Kareem Khalifa & Randall Harp * Critical Realism Justin Cruickshank * Objectivity Eleonora Montuschi Part III. Debates * Are There Social Scientific Laws? Julian Reiss * Behavioral Economics Conrad Heilmann * Machine Epistemology and Big Data Greg Wheeler * Evolutionary Psychology Stephen M. Downes * Cognitive Science Stephen Turner and David Eck * The Social Construction of Knowledge Steve Fuller * Feminism in Social Research Marianne Janack * Race in Social Research Michael Root Part IV. Individual Sciences * Philosophy of Economics Don Ross * Philosophy of History Paul A. Roth * Philosophy of Psychology Nico Orlandi & Janette Dinishak * Philosophy of Sociology & Anthropology Mark Risjord * Why Is There No Philosophy of Political Science? Bruno Verbeek & Lee McIntyreshow more