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Philosophy of Social Science An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521447801
ISBN-13: 9780521447805
Edition: 1994
Authors: Martin Hollis
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 277
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This new interdisciplinary textbook by Martin Hollis offers an exceptionally clear and concise introduction to the philosophy of social science. It unearths central philosophical problems underlying the standard ways of thinking about social institutions and social actions, leading the reader to reflect upon the nature of scientific method itself. Is the aim to explain the social world after the manner of the natural world, or to understand it from within? Writing in his characteristically clear and incisive prose, Martin Hollis reveals the crucial role to be played by philosophy in the study of the social sciences.

Preface
Introduction: problems of structure and action
Discovering truth: the rationalist way
Positive science: the empiricist way
Ants, spiders and bees: a third way?
Systems and functions
Games with rational agents
Understanding social action
Self and roles
Explaining and understanding
A value-neutral social science?
Rationality and relativism
Conclusion: two stories to tell
Bibliography
Index

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