The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science

Hardcover | July 11, 2012

byHarold Kincaid

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The philosophy of the social sciences considers the underlying explanatory powers of the social (or human) sciences, such as history, economics, anthropology, politics, and sociology. The type of questions covered includes the methodological (the nature of observations, laws, theories, andexplanations) to the ontological - whether or not these sciences can explain human nature in a way consistent with common-sense beliefs. This Handbook is a major, comprehensive look at the key ideas in the field, is guided by several principles. The first is that the philosophy of social science should be closely connected to, and informed by, developments in the sciences themselves. The second is that the volume should appeal topracticing social scientists as well as philosophers, with the contributors being both drawn from both ranks, and speaking to ongoing controversial issues in the field. Finally, the volume promotes connections across the social sciences, with greater internal discussion and interaction acrossdisciplinary boundaries.

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The philosophy of the social sciences considers the underlying explanatory powers of the social (or human) sciences, such as history, economics, anthropology, politics, and sociology. The type of questions covered includes the methodological (the nature of observations, laws, theories, andexplanations) to the ontological - whether or ...

Harold Kincaid is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He is the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:768 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:July 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of ContentsPreface1. Harold Kincaid: Introduction: Doing Philosophy of Social SciencePart 1 Mechanisms, Explanation and Causation2. Petri Ylikoski: Micro, Macro, and Mechanisms3. Harold Kincaid: Mechanisms, Causal Modeling, and the Limitations of Traditional Multiple Regression4. David Waldner: Process Tracing and Causal Mechanisms5. Gary Goertz: Descriptive-causal generalizations: "empirical laws" in the social sciences?6. David Byrne and Emma Uprichard: Useful Causal Complexity7. Robert Northcott: Partial explanations in social science8. Julian Reiss: Counterfactuals9. Marshall Abrams: Mechanistic social probability: How individual choices and varying circumstances produce stable social patternsPart II Evidence10. Fred Chernoff: The Impact of Duhemian Principles on Social Science Testing and Progress11. Andrew Gelman and Cosma Rohilla Shalizi: Philosophy and the practice of Bayesian statistics in the social sciences12. Aviezer Tucker: Sciences of Historical Tokens and Theoretical Types: History and the Social Sciences13. Nancy Cartwright: RCTs, Evidence and Predicting Policy Effectiveness14. Stephen Morgan and Christopher Winship: Bringing Context and Variability Back in to Causal Analysis15. Ken Kollman: The Potential Value of Computational Models in Social Science ResearchPart III Norms, Culture and the Social-Psychological16. Mark Risjord: Models of Culture17. David Henderson: Norms18. Francesco Guala: The Evolutionary Programme in Social Philosophy19. Tim Lewens: Cultural Evolution: Integration and Scepticism20. Don Ross: Coordination and the foundations of social intelligence21. Ron Mallon and Daniel Kelly Mallon and Kelly: Making Race Out of Nothing: Psychologically Constrained Social RolesPart IV Sociology of Knowledge22. Amy G. Mazur: Feminist Empirical and Integrative Approach in Political Science: Breaking-Down the Glass Wall?23. Allan Horwitz: Social Constructions of Mental IllnessPart V Normative Connections24. James Woodward: Cooperation and Reciprocity: Empirical Evidence and Normative Implications25. Daniel M. Hausman: Evaluating Social Policy26. Anna Alexandrova: Values and the Science of Well-being: A Recipe for Mixing