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Philosophy of the Social Sciences Towards Pragmatism

ISBN-10: 074562247X

ISBN-13: 9780745622477

Edition: 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Patrick Baert

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In this ground-breaking new text, Patrick Baert analyses the central perspectives in the philosophy of social science, critically investigating the work of Durkheim, Weber, Popper, critical realism, critical theory, and Rorty's neo pragmatism. His lively account places key intellectual figures within the social and political contexts in which they were writing, and clearly shows how their views translated into empirical research. In the final chapter, Baert sets out his own pragmatist perspective on the potential of social research for critique, arguing that it can help researchers learn as much about their own presuppositions as their subjects of study. Philosophy of Social Science: Towards Pragmatism is both an authoritative textbook, and an original proposal for an exciting new research agenda. This lively textbook will be helpful to upper-level students looking for a detailed and yet lucid account of the main positions in the philosophy of social science. It will also appeal to those researchers who are sympathetic towards the pragmatist view that knowledge has the potential to increase the scope of human possibility.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 11/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814

Patrick Baert is University Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge

Emile Durkheim's naturalism
An uneasy relationship with positivism
How to be a proper sociologist
Application: the study of suicide
Further reading
Max Weber's interpretative method
Transcending the Methodenstreit
Ideal types and different types of action
Application: the Protestant Ethic
Further reading
Karl Popper's falsificationism
What science is about
The controversy with Kuhn
How to make social science scientific
The problem with historicism and utopianism
Methodological individualism
Further reading
Critical realism
The realist bandwagon
Realism, reality and causality
Creative scientists at work
Contributions to social theory
Application: British politics
Further reading
Critical Theory
The Early Frankfurt School
Juuml;rgen Habermas
Further reading
Richard Rorty and Pragmatism
American pragmatism and Rorty
The myth of scientific method
The new left and the cultural left
Further reading
A Pragmatist philosophy of the social sciences Outline of a pragmatist view
Cultural anthropology
History and social sciences
Some concluding remarks