1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

Edited By Lee McIntyre, Alex Rosenberg Copyright 2017
    476 Pages
    by Routledge

    474 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science is an outstanding guide to the major themes, movements, debates, and topics in the philosophy of social science. It includes thirty-seven newly written chapters, by many of the leading scholars in the field, as well as a comprehensive introduction by the editors. Insofar as possible, the material in this volume is presented in accessible language, with an eye toward undergraduate and graduate students who may be coming to some of this material for the first time. Scholars too will appreciate this clarity, along with the chance to read about the latest advances in the discipline. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science is broken up into four parts.

      • Historical and Philosophical Context

      • Concepts

      • Debates

      • Individual Sciences

    Edited by two of the leading scholars in the discipline, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of social science, and its many areas of connection and overlap with key debates in the philosophy of science.

               Part I. Historical and philosophical context

    1. Comte and the Positivist Vision

    2. Vincent Guillin

    3. Durkheim and the Methods of Scientific Sociology

    4. Warren Schmaus

    5. Verstehen and the Reaction Against Positivism

    6. Brian Fay

    7. The Development of Logical Empiricism

    8. Thomas Uebel

    9. Kuhn’s Influence on the Social Sciences

    10. K. Brad Wray

    11. Popper’s Influence on the Social Sciences

    12. Jeremy Shearmur

    13. Interpretation and Critical Theory

    14. Ken Baynes

    15. The Empirical Counter-Revolution

    16. Jaakko Kuorikoski

      Part II. Concepts

    17. Explanation

    18. David Henderson

    19. Reductionism

    20. Harold Kincaid

    21. Emergence

    22. Julie Zahle

    23. Methodological Individualism

    24. Petri Ylikoski

    25. Functionalism

    26. Alex Rosenberg

    27. Naturalism

    28. David Livingstone Smith

    29. Game Theory

    30. Cristina Bicchieri & Giacomo Sillari

    31. Situational Analysis

    32. Kevin D. Hoover

    33. Bias in Social Scientific Experimentation

    34. Sharon Crasnow

    35. Causal Inference and Modeling

    36. Tuukka Kaidesoja

    37. Collective Intentionality

    38. Kirk Ludwig & Marija Jankovic

    39. Microfoundations, Mechanism, and Causal Powers

    40. Dan Little

    41. Social Ontology

    42. Brian Epstein


    Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He is the author of several books, including Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age (Routledge 2015) and Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior (MIT Press, 2006).

    Alex Rosenberg is an American philosopher and the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. Rosenberg has written many books, including The Atheist s Guide to Reality. The Girl from Krakow is his first novel. It is based on the experiences of several individuals through the 1930s and World War II.

    A state-of-the-art collection of original essays by the best writers in the field of history and philosophy of the social sciences.

    --Merrilee H. Salmon, University of Pittsburgh