Concept Formation in Social Science (Routledge Revivals)

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Taylor & Francis, Oct 22, 2010 - Social Science - 256 pages
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First published in 1983, this book examines the problems of concept formation in the social sciences, and in particular sociology, from the standpoint of a realistic philosophy of science. Beginning with a discussion of positivistic, hermeneutic, rationalist and realistic philosophies of science, Dr Outhwaite argues that realism is best able to furnish rational criteria for the choice and specification of social scientific concepts. A realistic philosophy of science therefore acts as his reference point for the dialectical presentation of alternative accounts.

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William Outhwaite is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sussex. His recent publications include "The Sociology of Politics "(co-edited with Luke Martell, 1998) and "The Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought" (Blackwell 2002). He also acts as Associate Editor of the "European Journal of Social Theory."

Larry Ray is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent. He has recently published "Theorizing Classical Sociology "(1999) and "Key Contemporary Social Theorists "(co-edited with Anthony Elliott, Blackwell 2002). He has done extensive work and research on the crisis and transformation of postcommunist societies.

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