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Richard Harvey Brown's pioneering explorations in the philosophy of social science and the theory of rhetoric reach a culmination in "Social Science as Civic Discourse." In his earlier works, he argued for a logic of discovery and explanation in social science by showing that science and art both depend on metaphoric thinking, and he has applied that logic to society as a narrative text in which significant action by moral agents is possible. This new work is at once a philosophical critique of social theory and a social-theoretical critique of politics. Brown proposes to redirect the language and the mission of the social sciences toward a new discourse for a humane civic practice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226076249
ISBN-10: 0226076245
Format: Hardback
(237mm x 160mm x 22mm)
Pages: 246
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1989
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Richard Harvey Brown

Richard Harvey Brown, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, is the author of "Society as Text" and "A Poetic for Sociology," both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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