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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

  • Hardback | 454 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 30.48mm | 975g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138825751
  • 9781138825758

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 McIntyre
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Review quote

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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