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Normativity and Naturalism in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Edited by Mark Risjord


280 pages

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Normativity and Naturalism in the Social Sciences engages with a central debate within the philosophy of social science: whether social scientific explanation necessitates an appeal to norms, and if so, whether appeals to normativity can be rendered "scientific." This collection brings together contributions from a diverse group of philosophers who explore a broad but thematically unified set of questions, many of which stem from an ongoing debate between Stephen Turner and Joseph Rouse (both contributors to this volume) on the role of naturalism in the philosophy of the social sciences. Informed by recent developments in both philosophy and the social sciences, this volume will set the benchmark for contemporary discussions about normativity and naturalism. This collection will be relevant to philosophers of social science, philosophers in interested in the rule following and metaphysics of normativity, and theoretically oriented social scientists.


"This nice volume edited by Risjord clarifies how hard the job of the normativist has become … Undoubtedly normativists will continue to produce ingenious arguments to preserve the idea that philosophy can not only survive or co-exist with, but even compete with science. In order to do that, they will have to engage seriously with the many conceptual and empirical obstacles that are laid out in this volume." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"This book picks up a core current debate over whether normativity and naturalism can be reconciled in social science, and extends and deepens it. No philosopher of social science should ignore it." —Don Ross, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Mark Risjord 2. The Naturalistic Moment in Normativism Stephen Turner 3. Toward a New Naturalism: Niche Construction, Conceptual Normativity and Scientific Practice Joseph Rouse 4. What Would it be to be a Norm? Paul Roth 5. Social Normativism Jaroslav Peregrin 6. Methodological Antinaturalism, Norms, and Participant Observation Julie Zahle 7. Agents, Reasons, and the Nature of Normativity Karsten Stueber 8. Autism and Like-Mindedness Janette Dinishak 9. Responsiveness to Norms Mark Okrent 10. Explaining by Reference to Norms is only Natural (or Should be) David Henderson 11. Ecological Attunement and the Normativity of Practice Mark Risjord 12. The Assassination of the Austrian Archduke, Sacred Cows, and the Conundrum of Rules Martin Palecek 13. Self Interest, Norms, and Explanation Petri Ylikoski and Jaakko Kuorikoski 14. Can Expected Utility Theory's Notion of Rationality be Explanatory? Lina Eriksson 15. Trust, Reason, and Norms Ladislav Koren

About the Editor

Mark Risjord is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics