Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences
By (author) Lee C. McIntyre
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Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences by Lee C. McIntyre
Book DescriptionThe first full-length defense of social scientific laws to appear in the last twenty years, this book upholds the prospect of the nomological explanation of human behavior against those who maintain that this approach is impossible, impractical, or irrelevant. By pursuing an analogy with the natural sciences, McIntyre shows that the barriers to nomological inquiry within the social sciences are not generated by factors unique to social inquiry, but arise from a largely common set of problems that face any scientific endeavor.All of the most widely supported arguments against social scientific laws have failed largely due to adherence to a highly idealized conception of nomologicality (allegedly drawn from the natural sciences themselves) and the limited doctrine of "descriptivism." Basing his arguments upon a more realistic view of scientific theorizing that emphasizes the pivotal role of "redescription" in aiding the search for scientific laws, McIntyre is optimistic about attaining useful law-like explanations of human behavior.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813336480
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 15-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lee C. McIntyre
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Why the prejudice against adopting a scientific attitude in the social sciences is creating a new "Dark Ages" and preventing us from solving the perennial problems of crime, war, and poverty.
Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science, Paperback (April 1994)» View all books by Lee C. McIntyre
the first comprehensive anthology in the philosophy of social science to appear since the late 1960s
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Author Biography - Lee C. McIntyre
Lee C. McIntyre is assistant professor of philosophy at Colgate University.
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