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.
Table of Contents
Preface 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 Bibliography Index
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 (winner of the prestigious Lakatos Prize). In 2007, he was the national Phi Beta Kappa Romanell lecturer in philosophy.