Methodology for the Human Sciences Systems of Inquiry
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Description: Methodology for the Human Sciences addresses the growing need for a comprehensive textbook that surveys the emerging body of literature on human science research and clearly describes procedures and methods for carrying out new research strategies. It provides an overview of developing methods, describes their commonalities and variations, and contains practical information on how to implement strategies in the field. In it, Donald Polkinghorne calls for a renewal of debate over which methods are appropriate for the study of human beings, proposing that the results of the extensive changes in the philosophy of science since 1960 call for a reexamination of the original issues of this debate.The book traces the history of the deliberations from Mill and Dilthey to Hempel and logical positivism, examines recently developed systems of inquiry and their importance for the human sciences, and relates these systems to the practical problems of doing research on topics related to human experience. It discusses historical realism, systems and structures, phenomenology and hermeneutics, action theory, and the implications recent systems have for a revised human science methodology.
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List price: $33.95
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 6/30/1984
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|The Original Debate|
|The Anti-Positivist Response|
|The Recurring Debate|
|The Received View of Science|
|The First Phase: The Vienna Circle|
|The Second Phase: Theoretical Networks|
|The Human Sciences and the Deductive System of Inquiry|
|The Third Phase: Criticism of the Received View|
|The Fourth Phase: Sciences as Expressions of Various World Outlooks|
|The Fifth Phase: Historical Realism|
|Systems and Structures|
|Structuralism and Human Systems|
|Systems Inquiry and Methodology|
|The Nature of Human Action|
|Explanations and Accounts of Human Action: Causal Explanations|
|Explanations and Accounts of Human Action: Acausal Explanations|
|Explanations and Accounts of Human Action: Linguistic Accounts|
|Existential-Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Systems|
|The Existential-Phenomenological System of Inquiry|
|Interpretation and the Human Sciences|
|Human Science Research|
|The Nature of Knowledge|
|Use of Linguistic Data|
|Appendix: The Term "Human Science"|