Philosophy of social science

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Westview Press, Sep 18, 1988 - Philosophy - 218 pages
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This is an expanded and thoroughly revised edition of the widely adopted introduction to the philosophical foundations of the human sciences. Ranging from cultural anthropology to mathematical economics, Alexander Rosenberg leads the reader through behaviorism, naturalism, interpretativism about human action, and macrosocial scientific perspectives, illuminating the motivation and strategy of each. Rewritten throughout to increase accessibility, this new edition retains the remarkable achievement of revealing the social sciences' enduring relation to the fundamental problems of philosophy. It includes new discussions of positivism, European philosophy of history, causation, statistical laws, quantitative models, and postempiricist social science, along with a completely updated literature guide that keys chapters to widely anthologized papers.

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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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