Realism and Social Science

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SAGE, Feb 11, 2000 - Social Science - 211 pages
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Realism and Social Science offers the reader an authoritative and compelling guide to critical realism and its implications for social theory and for the practice of social science. It offers an alternative both to approaches which are overly confident about the possibility of a successful social science and those which are defeatist about any possibility of progress in understanding the social world. Written by one of the leading social theorists in the field, it demonstrates the virtues of critical realism for theory and empirical research in social science, and provides a critical engagement with leading non-realist approaches.

  

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Contents

Introduction
2
A Brief Outline
10
Introduction
30
Introduction
106
Introduction
156
References
189
Index
201
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Andrew Sayer is Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University.

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