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What Holism Can Do for Social Theory

1st Edition

By Barbara Hanson


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This book reconsiders the nature of positivist philosophy in social science theory based on classical and medieval thought in what later became "Europe." It argues that social theory is being held back by antagonistic debates over science, positivism, objectivity, and universal law - debates which appear unnecessary, narrow, and acontextual when their origins are examined. Positing that solutions to these impasses can be found by moving to alternative holistic epistemology, and looking at issues in terms of interrelations rather than parts, the book shows the promise of a social theory that provides a unit of analysis that mediates between local and global relations.

Table of Contents

1. Where Have We Been? Where Might We Go? 2. Facticity 3. How Have We Come to Be Doing Mechanism? 4. How Do We Do Mechanism? 5. Beyond Mechanism 6. Sociality 7. Holism, Blame, and Power 8. Moment, Monument, Movement

About the Author

Barbara Hanson is Professor of Sociology at York University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General