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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

ISBN 9780367871574
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
476 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

           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

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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