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Philosophy and Method in the Social Sciences

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Engaging with the recent resurgence of interest in methodological and philosophical issues in the human and social sciences, this series provides an outlet for work that demonstrates both the intellectual import of philosophical and methodological debates within the social sciences and their direct relevance to questions of politics, ethics or policy. Philosophy and Method in the Social Sciences welcomes work from sociologists, geographers, philosophers, anthropologists, criminologists and political scientists with broad interest across academic disciplines, that scrutinises contemporary perspectives within the human and social sciences and explores their import for today's social questions.

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The Problem of the State

The Problem of the State

1st Edition


By Michael Mair
May 17, 2021

The Problem of the State provides a new perspective on what the social and political sciences can contribute to understandings of the state and the ambivalent place it occupies in our collective affairs. Distinguishing two broad conceptual and methodological approaches to addressing the problem of ...

The Constitution of Social Practices

The Constitution of Social Practices

1st Edition

By Kevin McMillan
January 31, 2019

Practices – specific, recurrent types of human action and activity – are perhaps the most fundamental "building blocks" of social reality. This book argues that the detailed empirical study of practices is essential to effective social-scientific inquiry. It develops a philosophical infrastructure ...

Action at a Distance Studies in the Practicalities of Executive Management

Action at a Distance: Studies in the Practicalities of Executive Management

1st Edition

By R.J. Anderson, W.W. Sharrock
May 08, 2018

This book examines the nature of work and management, centring on documents as a class of management objects which have been relatively understudied in ethnomethodological research. Treating documents and similar artefacts as ordering devices, the authors describe consociation – the social ...

Wittgenstein among the Sciences Wittgensteinian Investigations into the 'Scientific Method'

Wittgenstein among the Sciences: Wittgensteinian Investigations into the 'Scientific Method'

1st Edition

By Rupert Read, Edited by Simon Summers
September 09, 2016

Engaging with the question of the extent to which the so-called human, economic or social sciences are actually sciences, this book moves away from the search for a criterion or definition that will allow us to sharply distinguish the scientific from the non-scientific. Instead, the book favours ...

Evolution, Human Behaviour and Morality The Legacy of Westermarck

Evolution, Human Behaviour and Morality: The Legacy of Westermarck

1st Edition

Edited By Olli Lagerspetz, Jan Antfolk, Ylva Gustafsson, Camilla Kronqvist
August 24, 2016

This book highlights the recent re-emergence of Edward Westermarck's work in modern approaches to morality and altruism, examining his importance as one of the founding fathers of anthropology and as a moral relativist, who identified our moral feelings with biologically-evolved retributive ...

Clarity and Confusion in Social Theory Taking Concepts Seriously

Clarity and Confusion in Social Theory: Taking Concepts Seriously

1st Edition

By Leonidas Tsilipakos
January 28, 2015

Departing from a concern with certain ’hard’ problems in social theory and focusing instead on the theoretical strategies employed in their solution, especially on how these strategies depend on what the author calls the theoretical attitude towards language, this book considers whether these ...

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