A Realist Philosophy of Social Science
Explanation and Understanding
By (author) Peter T. Manicas
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Realist Philosophy of Social Science by Peter T. Manicas
Book DescriptionThis introduction to the philosophy of social science provides an original conception of the task and nature of social inquiry. Peter Manicas discusses the role of causality seen in the physical sciences and offers a reassessment of the problem of explanation from a realist perspective. He argues that the fundamental goal of theory in both the natural and social sciences is not, contrary to widespread opinion, prediction and control, or the explanation of events (including behaviour). Instead, theory aims to provide an understanding of the processes which, together, produce the contingent outcomes of experience. Offering a host of concrete illustrations and examples of critical ideas and issues, this accessible book will be of interest to students of the philosophy of social science, and social scientists from a range of disciplines.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521678582
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter T. Manicas
Realist Philosophy of Social Science, Hardback (June 2006)
In this volume, Peter Manicas brings the idea of causality to bear on inquiry in social sciences.
History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Paperback (March 1989)» View all books by Peter T. Manicas
Manicas argues that ideology is the defining characteristic of the social sciences in this critical review of the discipline. He contends that social science was originally based on a false ideal of science and that the historical assumptions of it are in general, too "Eurocentric".
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Author Biography - Peter T. Manicas
Professor Peter T. Manicas is a Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.
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