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An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Social Research

An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Social Research

  • Author: Tim May,Malcolm Williams
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135367175
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 240
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This is an accessible introduction to the philosophy of social research which relates philosophical ideas to actual research practice. The book makes effective use of illustrations from the UK, US and Europe to examine specific problems and broader issues. The book is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social research methods within sociology, social policy, politics, social psychology, human geography; philosophy of social science and social theory courses; and as a personal reference for professional researchers.

An introduction to problems in the philosophy of social sciences

An introduction to problems in the philosophy of social sciences

  • Author: Keith Webb
  • Publisher: Pinter Pub Ltd
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 188
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The Philosophy of Social Science

The Philosophy of Social Science

An Introduction

  • Author: Martin Hollis
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521447805
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 268
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An introduction to the philosophy of social science from a well-known author.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

  • Author: Rudolf Carnap
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 0486140865
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 336
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Stimulating, thought-provoking text by one of the 20th century's most creative philosophers makes accessible such topics as probability, measurement and quantitative language, causality and determinism, theoretical laws and concepts, more.

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

  • Author: Merrilee H. Salmon
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780872204508
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 458
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A reprint of the Prentice-Hall edition of 1992. Prepared by nine distinguished philosophers and historians of science, this thoughtful reader represents a cooperative effort to provide an introduction to the philosophy of science focused on cultivating an understanding of both the workings of science and its historical and social context. Selections range from discussions of topics in general methodology to a sampling of foundational problems in various physical, biological, behavioral, and social sciences. Each chapter contains a list of suggested readings and study questions.

Empiricism, Explanation and Rationality

Empiricism, Explanation and Rationality

An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

  • Author: Len & Roger Doyal & Harris
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135028699
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 224
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Originally published in 1986. All students of social science must confront a number of important philosophical issues. This introduction to the philosophy of the social sciences provides coherent answers to questions about empiricism, explanation and rationality. It evaluates contemporary writings on the subject which can be as difficult as they are important to understand. Each chapter has an annotated bibliography to enable students to pursue the issues raised and to assess for themselves the arguments of the authors.

Concept Formation in the Humanities and the Social Sciences

Concept Formation in the Humanities and the Social Sciences

  • Author: T. Pawlowski
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400990197
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 236
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Uniqueness of style versus plurality of styles: in terms of these aesthetic categories one of the most important differences between the recent past and the present can be described. This difference manifests itself in all spheres of life - in fashion, in everyday life, in the arts, in science. What is of interest for my purposes in this book are its manifestations in the processes of con cept formation as they occur in the humanities, broadly conceived. Here the following methodological approaches seem to dominate the scene. 1. A tendency to apply semiotic concepts in various fields of research. 2. Attempts to introduce metrical concepts and measurement, even into disciplines tra ditionally considered as unamenable to mathematical treatment, like aesthetics and theory of art. 3. Efforts to fmd ways of formulating empirically testable, operational criteria for the application of concepts, especially concepts which refer to objects directly not observable, like dispositions, attitudes, character or personality traits. Care is also taken to take advantage of the conceptual apparatus of methodology to express problems in the humanities with the highest possible degree of clarity and precision. 4. Analysis of the p~rsuasive function oflanguage and its possible uses in science and in everyday life. The above tendencies are present in this book. It is divided into two parts: I. Methods of Concept Formation, and II. Applications. In the first part some general methods of concept formation are presented and their merits discussed.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

  • Author: Lisa Bortolotti
  • Publisher: Polity
  • ISBN: 9780745635392
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science provides a lively and accessible introduction to current key issues and debates in this area. The classic philosophical questions about methodology, progress, rationality and reality are addressed by reference to examples from the full range of natural and social sciences. Lisa Bortolotti uses a historically-informed perspective on the evolution of science and includes a thorough discussion of the ethical implications of scientific research. Special attention is paid to the complex relationship between the advancement of science, policy making and public interest and to the continuity between scientific research and other human activities. The book is designed to help students think for themselves about the issues identified above, and includes information tables and questions for further reflection to support all stages of the teaching and learning experience, from the comprehension of primary and other secondary texts to debate and essay writing. It also includes a thematic bibliography and a glossary of technical terms. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science is an excellent introduction to philosophy for students and provides researchers of scientific disciplines with an opportunity to reflect upon the value and impact of their work. It is also a stimulating read for anybody who is interested in the philosophical issues raised by the status of scientific knowledge, the practice of science and the role of experts in contemporary society.

An Introduction to Science Studies

An Introduction to Science Studies

The Philosophical and Social Aspects of Science and Technology

  • Author: John M. Ziman
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521346801
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 203
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The purpose of this book is to give a coherent account of the different perspectives on science and technology that are normally studied under various disciplinary heads such as philosophy of science, sociology of science and science policy. It is intended for students embarking on courses in these subjects and assumes no special knowledge of any science. It is written in a direct and simple style, and technical language is introduced very sparingly. As various perspectives are sketched out in this book, the reader moves towards a consistent conception of contemporary science as a rapidly changing social institution that has already grown out of its traditional forms and plays a central role in society at large. It will appeal to students in a wide range of scientific disciplines and complement well Professor Ziman's earlier books. -- from back cover.

The Inexact and Separate Science of Economics

The Inexact and Separate Science of Economics

  • Author: Daniel M. Hausman
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521425230
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 372
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This book offers a comprehensive overview of the structure, strategy and methods of assessment of orthodox theoretical economics.

Finding Philosophy in Social Science

Finding Philosophy in Social Science

  • Author: Mario Bunge,Professor Mario Bunge
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300066067
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 432
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In a highly critical appraisal of rational choice theories, Bunge insists that these models provide no solid substantive theory of society, nor do they help guide rational action. He offers ten criteria by which to evaluate philosophies of social science and proposes novel solutions to social science's methodological and philosophical problems.

Theory and Reality

Theory and Reality

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

  • Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226300610
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 288
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How does science work? Does it tell us what the world is "really" like? What makes it different from other ways of understanding the universe? In Theory and Reality, Peter Godfrey-Smith addresses these questions by taking the reader on a grand tour of one hundred years of debate about science. The result is a completely accessible introduction to the main themes of the philosophy of science. Intended for undergraduates and general readers with no prior background in philosophy, Theory and Reality covers logical positivism; the problems of induction and confirmation; Karl Popper's theory of science; Thomas Kuhn and "scientific revolutions"; the views of Imre Lakatos, Larry Laudan, and Paul Feyerabend; and challenges to the field from sociology of science, feminism, and science studies. The book then looks in more detail at some specific problems and theories, including scientific realism, the theory-ladeness of observation, scientific explanation, and Bayesianism. Finally, Godfrey-Smith defends a form of philosophical naturalism as the best way to solve the main problems in the field. Throughout the text he points out connections between philosophical debates and wider discussions about science in recent decades, such as the infamous "science wars." Examples and asides engage the beginning student; a glossary of terms explains key concepts; and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter. However, this is a textbook that doesn't feel like a textbook because it captures the historical drama of changes in how science has been conceived over the last one hundred years. Like no other text in this field, Theory and Reality combines a survey of recent history of the philosophy of science with current key debates in language that any beginning scholar or critical reader can follow.

The Physics of Theism

The Physics of Theism

God, Physics, and the Philosophy of Science

  • Author: Jeffrey Koperski
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118932773
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 288
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The Physics of Theism provides a timely, critical analysis of the ways in which physics intertwines with religion. Koperski brings clarity to a range of arguments including the fine-tuning argument, naturalism, the laws of nature, and the controversy over Intelligent Design. A single author text providing unprecedented scope and depth of analysis of key issues within the Philosophy of Religion and the Philosophy of Science Critically analyses the ways in which physics is brought into play in matters of religion Self-contained chapters allow readers to directly access specific areas of interest The area is one of considerable interest, and this book is a timely and well-conceived contribution to these debates Written by an accomplished scholar working in the philosophy of physics in a style that renders complex arguments accessible

Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science

Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science

  • Author: Michael Martin,Lee C. McIntyre
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 9780262631518
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 785
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the first comprehensive anthology in the philosophy of social science to appear since the late 1960s

The Philosophy of the Social Sciences

The Philosophy of the Social Sciences

An Introduction

  • Author: Robert C. Bishop
  • Publisher: Burns & Oates
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 403
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This accessible, comprehensive introduction is ideal for use on undergraduate courses, examining key conceptual and methodological questions, supplemented by useful pedagogical features.

Knowledge and Society

Knowledge and Society

An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

  • Author: Arnold Boyd Levison
  • Publisher: Ardent Media
  • ISBN: 9780672536618
  • Category: Sciences sociales
  • Page: 188
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The Philosophy of John Dewey

The Philosophy of John Dewey

A Critical Exposition of His Method, Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge

  • Author: R.E. Dewey
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400996667
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 180
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John Dewey ranks as the most influential of America's philosophers. That in fluence stems, in part, from the originality of his mind, the breadth of his in terests, and his capacity to synthesize materials from diverse sources. In addi tion, Dewey was blessed with a long life and the extraordinary energy to express his views in more than 50 books, approximately 750 articles, and at least 200 contributions to encyclopedias. He has made enduring intellectual contributions in all of the traditional fields of philosophy, ranging from studies primarily of interest for philosophers in logic, epistemology, and metaphysics to books and articles of wider appeal in ethics, political philosophy, religion, aesthetics, and education. Given the extent of Dewey's own writings and the many books and articles on his views by critics and defenders, it may be asked why there is a need for any further examination of his philosophy. The need arises because the lapse of time since his death in 1952 now permits a new generation of scholars to approach his work in a different spirit. Dewey is no longer a living partisan of causes, sparking controversy over the issues of the day. He is no longer the advocate of a new point of view which calls into question the basic assump tions of rival philosophical schools and receives an almost predictable criticism from their entrenched positions. His works have now become classics.

Social Science in Question

Social Science in Question

Towards a Postdisciplinary Framework

  • Author: Mark J Smith
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9780761960416
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 364
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How do social scientists study the social world? Is social scientific practice in transformation? Can social science learn from its own past? This major text takes the reader on an intellectual journey starting with the story of modern science and the impact that this has had on social scientific practice, and going on to outline and critically review the major approaches to social scientific inquiry, ranging from positivism to postmodernism. Throughout, readers are encouraged to think carefully about what it means to: study the social world in a scientific way; make connections between what they do and the everyday lives of the people they study; and look beyond their discipline and think in a postdisciplinary wa

Critical Realism, Post-positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge

Critical Realism, Post-positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge

  • Author: Ruth Groff
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134312946
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 168
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Groff defends 'realism about causality' through close discussions of Kant, Hilary Putnam, Brian Ellis and Charles Taylor, among others. In so doing she affirms critical realism, but with several important qualifications. In particular, she rejects the theory of truth advanced by Roy Bhaskar. She also attempts to both clarify and correct earlier critical realist attempts to apply realism about causality to the social sciences. By connecting issues in metaphysics and philosophy of science to the problem of relativism, Groff bridges the gap between the philosophical literature and broader debates surrounding socio-political theory and poststructuralist thought. This unique approach will make the book of interest to philosophers and socio-political theorists alike.

Philosophy of Social Science

Philosophy of Social Science

A New Introduction

  • Author: Nancy Cartwright,Eleonora Montuschi
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191030082
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 320
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This is a much-needed new introduction to a field that has been transformed in recent years by exciting new subjects, ideas, and methods. It is designed both for students with central interests in philosophy and those planning to concentrate on the social sciences, and it presupposes no particular background in either domain. From the wide range of topics at the forefront of debate in philosophy of social science, the editors have chosen those which are representative of the most important and interesting contemporary work. A team of distinguished experts explore key aspects of the field such as social ontology (what are the things that social science studies?), objectivity, formal methods, measurement, and causal inference. Also included are chapters focused on notable subjects of social science research, such as well-being and climate change. Philosophy of Social Science provides a clear, accessible, and up-to-date guide to this fascinating field.