Philosophy of Social Science

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Westview Press, 2008 - Social Science - 272 pages
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Philosophy of Social Scienceprovides a tightly argued yet accessible introduction to the philosophical foundations of the human sciences, including economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, history, and the disciplines emerging at the intersections of these subjects with biology. Philosophy is unavoidable for social scientists because the choices they make in answering questions in their disciplines force them to take sides on philosophical matters. Conversely, the philosophy of social science is equally necessary for philosophers since the social and behavior sciences must inform their understanding of human action, norms and social institutions. The third edition retains from previous editions an illuminating interpretation of the enduring relations between the conduct of inquiry in the social sciences and the fundamental problems of philosophy, with accessible considerations of positivism, European philosophy of history, causation, statistical laws, quantitative models, and postempiricist social science. Features new to this edition include: Overview of the eclipse of behaviorism in psychology and the rise of game theory in economics; Consideration of problems for functionalism in social science that must be addressed by an appeal to biology and especially Darwinian thinking; Analysis of the debate between “nativists” and exponents of the “standard social science model” that emphasizes nurture over nature as the source of significant human traits; Expanded discussion of feminism in the human sciences; These issues reflect developments in social research over the last two decades that have informed and renewed debate in the philosophy of social science

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User Review  - Esi Naderi - Goodreads

Well, it is really a good introductory book to philosophy of social science! Most fundamental concepts are comprehensively explained and rich discussions on each of them are presented. This book, or ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brett - Goodreads

A readable and informative introduction to the thought currents behind the social sciences. Rosenberg challenges the reader not only to understand the traditional cleavages in the social sciences, but ... Read full review

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Alexander Rosenberg professor of philosophy at the University of Georgia. He is author of many books and papers in the philosophy of social and biological sciences, including The Structure of Biological Science and Economics?Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns (winner of the prestigious Lakatos Prize for 1993).

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