Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences by Harold Kincaid
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Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences
By Harold Kincaid

Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences

Analyzing Controversies in Social Research

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Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences by Harold Kincaid

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This 1996 book defends the prospects for a science of society. It argues that behind the diverse methods of the natural sciences lies a common core of scientific rationality that the social sciences can and sometimes do achieve. It also argues that good social science must be in part about large-scale social structures and processes and thus that methodological individualism is misguided. These theses are supported by a detailed discussion of actual social research, including theories of agrarian revolution, organizational ecology, social theories of depression, and supply-demand explanations in economics. Professor Kincaid provides a general picture of explanation and confirmation in the social sciences and discusses the nature of scientific rationality, functional explanation, optimality arguments, meaning and interpretation, the place of microfoundations in social explanation, the status of neo-classical economics, the role of idealizations and non-experimental evidence, and other specific controversies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521558914
ISBN-10: 0521558913
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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