Idea of a Social Science and Its Relation to Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0415423589

ISBN-13: 9780415423588

Edition: 2008

Authors: Peter Winch, Raimond Gaita

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In the fiftieth anniversary of this books first release, Winchs argument remains as crucial as ever. Originally published in 1958, The Idea of a Social Science and Its Relation to Philosophy was a landmark exploration of the social sciences, written at a time when that field was still young and had not yet joined the Humanities and the Natural Sciences as the third great domain of the Academy.nbsp; A passionate defender of the importance of philosophy to a full understanding of 'society' against those who would deem it an irrelevant 'ivory towers' pursuit, Winch draws from the works of such thinkers as Ludwig Wittgenstein, J.S. Mill and Max Weber to make his case. In so doing he addresses the possibility and practice of a comprehensive 'science of society'.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Preface to the Second Edition
Philosophical Bearings
Aims and Strategy
The Underlabourer Conception of Philosophy
Philosophy and Science
The Philosopher's Concern with Language
Conceptual and Empirical Enquiries
The Pivotal Role of Epistemology in Philosophy
Epistemology and the Understanding of Society
Rules: Wittgenstein's Analysis
Some Misunderstandings of Wittgenstein
The Nature of Meaningful Behaviour
Philosophy and Sociology
Meaningful Behaviour
Activities and Precepts
Rules and Habits
The Social Studies as Science
J.S. Mill's "Logic of the Moral Sciences"
Differences in Degree and Differences in Kind
Motives and Causes
Motives, Dispositions and Reasons
The Investigation of Regularities
Understanding Social Institutions
Prediction in the Social Studies
The Mind and Society
Pareto: Logical and Non-Logical Conduct
Pareto: Residues and Derivations
Max Weber: Verstehen and Causal Explanation
Max Weber: Meaningful Action and Social Action
Concepts and Actions
The Internality of Social Relations
Discursive and Non-Discursive 'Ideas'
The Social Sciences and History
Concluding Remark
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