Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences by Gurpreet MahajanExplanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences by Gurpreet Mahajan

Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

byGurpreet Mahajan

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Social scientists explain events by identifying reasons and causes. Occasionally they weave a series of events into a historical narrative. What is entailed in each kind of explanation? What form of explanation is adequate for the social sciences? In this lucid book, Gurpreet Mahajan surveyseach of the major forms of inquiry - hermeneutic understanding, narrative, reason-action, and causal explanation - to examine how each method changes our perceptions of social reality. This edition includes a new Preface that discusses the evolution in social sciences over the last twentyyears.

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Gurpreet Mahajan is a Professo at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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Title:Explanation and Understanding in the Human SciencesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:180 pagesPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198076975

ISBN - 13:9780198076971

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AcknowledgementsPreface to Third EditionPreface1. Explaining Causally2. Reason-Action Explanation3. Hermeneutic Understanding4. The Narrative Mode5. Some Considerations on MethodEpilogue: Postmodern Anti-FoundationalismBibliographyIndex