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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Science and Social Science

Science and Social Science

An Introduction

  • Author: Malcolm Williams
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134647824
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 192
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Is social science really a science at all, and if so in what sense? This is the first question that any course on the philosophy of the social sciences must tackle. In this brief introduction, Malcolm Williams gives students the grounding that will enable them to discuss the issues involved with confidence. He looks at: * The historical development of natural science and its distinctive methodology * the case in favour of an objective science of the social which follows the same rules * The arguments of social constructionists, interpretative sociologists and others against objectivity and even science itself * recent developments in natural science - for instance the rise of complexity theory and the increased questioning of positivism - which bring it closer to some of the key arguments of social science. Throughout, the book is illustrated with short clear examples taken from the actual practice of social science research and from popular works of natural science which will illuminate the debate for all students whatever their background.

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.

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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An Introduction to Criminological Theory and the Problem of Causation

An Introduction to Criminological Theory and the Problem of Causation

  • Author: Jason Warr
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3319474464
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 94
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This text offers a novel contribution to the literature on core criminological theory by introducing the complex issues relating to the structuring and analysing of causation. This text traces the paradigm shift, or drift, that has occurred in the history of criminology and shows how the problem of causation has been a leading factor in these theoretical developments. This short book is the first of its kind and is an introductory text designed to introduce both seasoned criminologists as well as students of criminology to the interesting intersections between the fields of criminology and the philosophy of the social sciences. The problem of causation is notoriously difficult and has plagued philosophers and scientists for centuries. Warr highlights the importance of grappling with this problem and demonstrates how it can lead to unsuccessful theorising and can prevent students from fully appreciating the development of thinking in criminology. This accessible account will prove to be a must-read for scholars of criminal justice, penology and philosophy of social science.

The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

  • Author: Stephen P. Turner,Paul A. Roth
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0470701536
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 400
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The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences collects newly commissioned essays that examine fundamental issues in the social sciences.

Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences

Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences

Analyzing Controversies in Social Research

  • Author: Harold Kincaid
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521482684
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 283
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This 1996 book argues that behind the diverse methods of the natural sciences lies a common core of scientific rationality.

Social Problems in the UK

Social Problems in the UK

An Introduction

  • Author: Stuart Isaacs,David Blundell,Anne Foley,Norman Ginsburg,Brian McDonough,Dan Silverstone,Tara Young
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317963067
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 210
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Social Problems in the UK: An Introduction is the first textbook on contemporary social issues to contextualise social problems within the disciplines of sociology, social policy, criminology and applied social science. Drawing on the research and teaching experience of academics in these areas, this much-needed textbook brings together a comprehensive range of expertise. Social Problems in the UK discusses the strengthening and changing character of social construction, providing a new and invigorated way of studying the issues for all social science students. This clear, accessible textbook guides students in approaching the methodology, theory and research of social problems, and introduces the key topics in the area: migration and ‘race’ work and unemployment poverty drugs, violence and policing youth, sub-culture and gangs childhood and education Social Problems in the UK provides a number of helpful pedagogical features for ease of teaching and learning, including: case studies; links to data sources; textboxes highlighting examples, key figures etc.; study questions, and tips on how to undertake literature reviews and use journals and databases.

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.

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.

Philosophy of Social Science

Philosophy of Social Science

The Philosophical Foundations of Social Thought

  • Author: Ted Benton,Ian Craib
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137285214
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 256
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Philosophers and social scientists share a common goal: to explore fundamental truths about ourselves and the nature of the world in which we live. But in what ways do these two distinct disciplines inform each other and arrive at these truths? The 10th anniversary edition of this highly regarded text directly responds to such issues as it introduces students to the philosophy of social science. While staying true to the writing of the late Ian Craib, this perennial text has been brought up to date by Ted Benton. This new edition includes previously unpublished personal insights from both authors, incorporates new commentaries on classic content and features an additional chapter on recent developments in the field. The book: • Addresses critical issues relating to the nature of social science • Interrogates the relationship between social science and natural science • Encompasses traditional and contemporary perspectives • Introduces and critiques a wide range of approaches, from empiricism and positivism to post structuralism and rationalism. Written in an engaging and student-friendly style, the book introduces key ideas and concepts while raising questions and opening debates. A cornerstone text in the Traditions in Social Theory series, this book remains essential reading for all students of social theory.

Varieties of social explanation

Varieties of social explanation

an introduction to the philosophy of social science

  • Author: Daniel Little
  • Publisher: Westview Pr
  • ISBN: 9780813305653
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 258
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"Professor Little presents an introduction to the philosophy of social science with an emphasis on the central forms of explanation in social science: rational-intentional, causal, functional, structur"

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.

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.