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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

1st Edition

Edited by Lee McIntyre, Alex Rosenberg


454 pages

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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.


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

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

  43. Realism and Anti-Realism
  44. Kareem Khalifa & Randall Harp

  45. Critical Realism
  46. Justin Cruickshank

  47. Objectivity
  48. Eleonora Montuschi

    Part III. Debates

  49. Are There Social Scientific Laws?
  50. Julian Reiss

  51. Behavioral Economics
  52. Conrad Heilmann

  53. Machine Epistemology and Big Data
  54. Greg Wheeler

  55. Evolutionary Psychology
  56. Stephen M. Downes

  57. Cognitive Science
  58. Stephen Turner and David Eck

  59. The Social Construction of Knowledge
  60. Steve Fuller

  61. Feminism in Social Research
  62. Marianne Janack

  63. Race in Social Research
  64. Michael Root

    Part IV. Individual Sciences

  65. Philosophy of Economics
  66. Don Ross

  67. Philosophy of History
  68. Paul A. Roth

  69. Philosophy of Psychology
  70. Nico Orlandi & Janette Dinishak

  71. Philosophy of Sociology & Anthropology
  72. Mark Risjord

  73. Why Is There No Philosophy of Political Science?

Bruno Verbeek & Lee McIntyre

About the Editors

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.

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