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Philosophy of the Social Sciences Towards Pragmatism

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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:…    
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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: 0.396
Language: English

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

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