Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science

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Michael Martin, Lee C. McIntyre
MIT Press, 1994 - Science - 785 pages
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This is the first comprehensive anthology in the philosophy of social science to appear since the late 1960s. Covering all of the major areas in the discipline, it will serve as the standard source for scholarship in the field and could be used as the basis for an entire course.The anthology offers one complete, convenient, and well-chosen selection of readings, plus three specially commissioned articles that encompass the entire range of topics in the field and cover both sides of currently hot debates about explanation, methodological individualism, and the special sciences. The introductions to each section provide a map through the discipline.Michael Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. Lee C. McIntyre is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University.Sections cover: Explanation, Prediction, and Laws. Interpretation and Meaning. Rationality. Functional Explanation. Reductionism, Individualism, and Holism. Objectivity and Values. Problems of the Special Sciences.Commissioned articles: Taylor on Interpretation and the Sciences of Man Michael Martin. Microfoundations of Marxism, D. Little. Evidential Constraints: Pragmatic Empiricism in Archaeology, A. Wylie.

  

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Contents

Introduction to Part I
3
What Would an Adequate Philosophy of Social Science Look Like?
21
Introduction to Part II
39
Chapter 4
55
Chapter 5
71
Chapter 7
91
Chapter 19
109
Chapter 8
111
Introduction to Part VI
431
Methodological Individualism Reconsidered
451
Chapter 30
459
Chapter 31
479
Chapter 32
497
Chapter 33
515
Introduction to Part VII
531
Chapter 35
547

Chapter 9
131
Chapter 10
145
Introduction to Part III
159
Chapter 12
173
Chapter 14
213
Chapter 15
233
Chapter 16
247
Introduction to Part IV
283
The Status of Rationality Assumptions in Interpretation and in the Explanation
299
Chapter 21
321
Introduction to Part V
345
Chapter 23
377
Chapter 24
391
Chapter 26
415
Chapter 36
571
Chapter 37
585
Chapter 38
597
Chapter 39
611
Chapter 40
625
Introduction to Part VIII
643
Chapter 42
661
Chapter 43
675
Chapter 45
701
Chapter 47
733
Chapter 48
747
Bibliography
767
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About the author (1994)

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. He is the author of Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences: Defending a Science of Human Behavior.

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