A Treatise on Social Theory, Volume 1

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 3, 1983 - Social Science - 350 pages
In this first volume of a projected trilogy, the author argues that a methodology adequate to solve the long-standing debate over the status of the social as against the natural sciences can be constructed in terms of a fourhold distinction between the reportage, explanation, description and evaluation of human behaviour. The distinction rests on an analysis of the scope and nature of social theory which is not only original in conception but far-reaching in its implications for the assessment of the results of sociological, anthropological and historical research. In this volume, there are set out the separate and distinctive criteria by which the reports, explanations, descriptions and evaluations put forward by social scientists of rival theoretical schools require to be tested. These criteria will then be applied in Volume II to a substantive theory of social relations, social structure and social evolution, and in Volume III to a detailed analysis of the society of twentieth-century England. Each of the three volumes can be read independently of the others. Thus the trilogy will, when completed, be seen to form a coherent and unified whole.
 

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Contents

II
III
13
IV
24
V
40
VI
48
VII
53
VIII
55
X
69
XXII
219
XXIII
221
XXIV
234
XXV
247
XXVI
255
XXVII
270
XXVIII
278
XXIX
289

XI
83
XII
100
XIII
116
XIV
133
XV
141
XVI
143
XVIII
159
XIX
178
XX
191
XXI
206
XXX
297
XXXI
299
XXXIII
305
XXXIV
310
XXXV
316
XXXVI
322
XXXVII
330
XXXVIII
337
XXXIX
341
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