Science and Social Science
By (author) Malcolm Williams
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Science and Social Science by Malcolm Williams
Book DescriptionIs social science really a science at all, and if so in what sense? This is the first question that any course on the philosophy of the social sciences must tackle. In this brief introduction, Malcolm Williams gives students the grounding that will enable them to discuss the issues involved with confidence. He looks at: * The historical development of natural science and its distinctive methodology * the case in favour of an objective science of the social which follows the same rules * The arguments of social constructionists, interpretative sociologists and others against objectivity and even science itself * recent developments in natural science - for instance the rise of complexity theory and the increased questioning of positivism - which bring it closer to some of the key arguments of social science. Throughout, the book is illustrated with short clear examples taken from the actual practice of social science research and from popular works of natural science which will illuminate the debate for all students whatever their background.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415194853
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Malcolm Williams
Key Concepts in the Philosophy of Social Research, Paperback (October 2016)
Providing concise, focussed introductions to everything from the central research methods, to ethics, to metaphysics, and with helpful features such as real-world examples, cross-references and lists of key thinkers, this guide is an ideal introduction.
Sage Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods, Paperback (April 2014)
Now available in paperback: This book brings together the most innovative contemporary ideas in method and methodology from global experts
Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research, Paperback (October 2012)
Takes a completely new approach to objectivity and subjectivity, no longer treating them as opposed - as many existing texts do - but as logically and methodologically related in social research
Teaching Quantitative Methods, Paperback (March 2011)» View all books by Malcolm Williams
A clear, innovative text from world experts, this clearly lays out the problems, strategies and resources associated with the teaching of quantitative methods in modern universities. It is a pragmatic approach which will be of interest to any academic teaching 'numbers' to their students.
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