Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction

Paperback | November 14, 2014

EditorNancy Cartwright, Eleonora Montuschi

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This is a much-needed new introduction to a field that has been transformed in recent years by exciting new subjects, ideas, and methods. It is designed both for students with central interests in philosophy and those planning to concentrate on the social sciences, and it presupposes noparticular background in either domain. From the wide range of topics at the forefront of debate in philosophy of social science, the editors have chosen those which are representative of the most important and interesting contemporary work. A team of distinguished experts explore key aspects of thefield such as social ontology (what are the things that social science studies?), objectivity, formal methods, measurement, and causal inference. Also included are chapters focused on notable subjects of social science research, such as well-being and climate change. Philosophy of Social Science provides a clear, accessible, and up-to-date guide to this fascinating field.

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This is a much-needed new introduction to a field that has been transformed in recent years by exciting new subjects, ideas, and methods. It is designed both for students with central interests in philosophy and those planning to concentrate on the social sciences, and it presupposes noparticular background in either domain. From the w...

Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Durham and at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her research interests include philosophy and history of science (especially physics and economics), causal inference, objectivity, and evidence, especially on evidence-based policy. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART I. Current Debates1. Anna Alexandrova: Well-being2. Wendy Parker: Climate change3. Eileen Munro: Evidence-based policy4. Alison Wylie: Community-based collaborative archaeologyPART II. Ontological Issues5. Deborah Tollefsen: Social ontology6. Helen Longino: Individuals or population?PART III. Questions About Objectivity7. Eleonora Montuschi: Scientific objectivity8. Sharon Crasnow: Feminist standpoint theory9. Heather Douglas: Values in social sciencePART IV. Using Formal Models10. Katie Steele: Choice models11. Cristina Bicchieri: Norms, conventions, and the power of expectationsPART V. Methodological Perspectives12. Sophia Efstathiou and Zara Mirmalek: Interdisciplinarity in action13. Miriam Solomon: Social epistemology in practicePART VI. Research Methods14. Nancy Cartwright and Rosa Runhardt: Measurement15. Mary Morgan: Case studies16. Nancy Cartwright: Causal inference