Philosophy of Social Science by Alexander RosenbergPhilosophy of Social Science by Alexander Rosenberg

Philosophy of Social Science

byAlexander Rosenberg, Tyler Curtain

Paperback | July 28, 2015

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Philosophy of Social Science provides a tightly argued yet accessible introduction to the philosophical foundations of the human sciences, including economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, history, and the disciplines emerging at the intersections of these subjects with biology. Philosophy is unavoidable for social scientists because the choices they make in answering questions in their disciplines force them to take sides on philosophical matters. Conversely, the philosophy of social science is equally necessary for philosophers since the social and behavior sciences must inform their understanding of human action, norms, and social institutions.

The fifth edition retains from previous editions an illuminating interpretation of the enduring relations between the social sciences and philosophy, and reflects on developments in social research over the past two decades that have informed and renewed debate in the philosophy of social science. An expanded discussion of philosophical anthropology and modern and postmodern critical theory is new for this edition.

Alexander Rosenberg is R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He is author of many books and papers in the philosophy of science, including The Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Approach, The Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Approach, and Economics—Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns (wi...
Title:Philosophy of Social ScienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 0.88 inPublished:July 28, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813349737

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Table of Contents


1. What Is the Philosophy of Social Science?
2. The Methodological Divide: Naturalism Versus Interpretation
3. The Explanation of Human Action
4. Actions, Intentionality and the Mind/Body Problem
5. Behaviorism in the Behavioral Sciences
6. Problems of Rational Choice Theory
7. Social Psychology and the Construction of Society
8. Continental Philosophy of Social Science
9. Holism and Antireductionism in Sociology and Psychology
10. Functionalism as a Research Program
11. Sociobiology or the Standard Social Science Model?
12. Theories of Cultural Evolution
13. Research Ethics in Social Inquiry
14. Facts and Values in the Human Sciences
15. Social Science and the Enduring Questions of Philosophy


Editorial Reviews

Praise for previous editions:“Once again, Alexander Rosenberg has set the bar for books on the philosophy of social science. An outstanding introduction, even for those who are already in the discipline.”—James Bohman, Saint Louis University“This was already a very useful book for teaching philosophy of social science. It covers many important topics in an engaging way. This edition is even better, with interesting new material and a reorganization with pedagogy in mind. It will make for a great course in philosophy of social science.”—Harold Kincaid, University of Cape Town“Ever since the first edition of Alexander Rosenberg's Philosophy of Social Science appeared in 1988, it has been indispensable for anyone teaching the subject at all levels from absolute beginners on. Each new edition has been still more indispensable as a teaching aid, but also as a source of new ideas and insights about changes in the philosophy of science and in the social sciences themselves. This new edition preserves the freshness and liveliness of the first edition, and has added new depths of reflectiveness and a wider range of reference without any loss of the sprightliness and lucidity that readers have treasured for twenty-four years. It is a very considerable achievement.”—Alan Ryan, Princeton University