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Science and Social Science An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415194857
ISBN-13: 9780415194853
Edition: 1999
Authors: Malcolm Williams
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Description: Is social science really a science at all, and if so in what sense? This is the first real question that any course on the philosophy of the social sciences must tackle. In this brief introduction, Malcolm Williams gives the students the grounding  More...

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Book details

List price: $66.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/2/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Is social science really a science at all, and if so in what sense? This is the first real question that any course on the philosophy of the social sciences must tackle. In this brief introduction, Malcolm Williams gives the students the grounding that will enable them to discuss the issues involved with confidence.

Malcolm Williams is a Professor and Director of the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Though primarily a sociologist, his work draws on social statistics and philosophy of science. His primary research interests are methodological, particularly probability, causality and the counting of rare and elusive populations. He was the first researcher to use the method of mark- recapture to measure homeless populations. His empirical research has included work on household formation and dissolution, housing need and more recently issues of pedagogy in the teaching of quantitative methods.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Where did science come from?
Science and its method
Social science as science
Against science
Against science in social science
Science, objectivity and ethics
New science and new social science
Conclusion: the science of social science
Glossary
References
Name index
Subject index

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