Action and Interpretation: Studies in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Christopher Hookway, Philip Pettit
CUP Archive, May 8, 1980 - Philosophy - 192 pages
Whether the interpretations made by social scientists of the thoughts, utterances and actions of other people, including those from an alien culture or a different period in history, are objectively correct, whether the forms of explanation they employ conform to those of the natural sciences, and whether values have a role in arriving at the theory that delivers the interpretations, are the main questions addressed by the contributors to this volume. Of particular importance in the discussion of the issues are developments in the philosophy of language and mind. The eight essays converge on the themes of intentionality, realism and theory choice, reflecting the amount of attention being given to these matters when this book was first published in 1980. Together they make a distinguished contribution to discussion in the area and serve to underline the importance of intellectual collaboration on such discussion between philosophy and the social sciences.
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action adopt agent alien anti-realism anti-realist appears apply argument ascription assert assignment of extensions behaviour beliefs and desires causal characterisation choice claim conception consensus account context criteria culture determined difficulties Donald Davidson Dummett E. E. Evans-Pritchard empirical epistemological example explanation expression fact false Goffman hermeneutic human sciences identify incoherent beliefs indeterminacy of translation interpretation John McDowell kind knowledge language game linguistic competence logical London matter methodological Michael Dummett natural science notion observation particular past sciences perhaps person philosophical phlogiston possible postulates practice pragmatic criterion predicates presuppose primitive principle problem propositions psychology Putnam question Quine's rational man theory realist reason recognise relativism relativist role scientific semantic sense simply social sciences social scientists sociology speakers specify suggest symbolist synonymy theory of meaning thought translation theory true truth conditions truth-value link underdetermination understanding utterances W. G. Runciman W. V. O. Quine Word and Object world-view