Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences
This volume focuses on key conceptual issues in the social sciences, such as Winch's idea of a social science, structuralism, Malinowski and Evans-Pritchard, and the concept of kinship. In particular it deals with such problems as the relationship of nature and culture, the relevance of concepts drawn from within a given society to its understanding, and the relation of theory to time.
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Chapter 1 Explanation in history
Chapter 2 Concepts and society
Chapter 3 Winchs idea of a social science
Chapter 4 The new idealismcause and meaning in the social sciences
Chapter 5 The entry of the philosophers
Chapter 6 Time and theory in social anthropology
Chapter 7 Sociology and social anthropology
Chapter 8 On Malinowski
Chapter 9 On EvansPritchard
Chapter 10 On structuralism
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