The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

5 (1 rating by Goodreads)
Edited by  , Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days

When will my order arrive?

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 8-11 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


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



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

Product details

  • Hardback | 454 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 30.48mm | 975g
  • 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


David Henderson


Harold Kincaid


Julie Zahle

Methodological Individualism

Petri Ylikoski


Alex Rosenberg


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


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
show more

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
show more

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

Rating details

1 rating
5 out of 5 stars
5 100% (1)
4 0% (0)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X