Varieties of Social Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science

Varieties of Social Explanation An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science Professor Little presents an introduction to the philosophy of social science with an emphasis on the central forms of explanation in social science rational intentional causal functional structura

  • Title: Varieties of Social Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science
  • Author: Daniel Little
  • ISBN: 9780813305660
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • Professor Little presents an introduction to the philosophy of social science with an emphasis on the central forms of explanation in social science rational intentional, causal, functional, structural, materialist, statistical and interpretive The book is very strong on recent developments, particularly in its treatment of rational choice theory, microfoundations for soProfessor Little presents an introduction to the philosophy of social science with an emphasis on the central forms of explanation in social science rational intentional, causal, functional, structural, materialist, statistical and interpretive The book is very strong on recent developments, particularly in its treatment of rational choice theory, microfoundations for social explanation, the idea of supervenience, functionalism, and current discussions of relativism.Of special interest is Professor Little s insight that, like the philosophy of natural science, the philosophy of social science can profit from examining actual scientific examples Throughout the book, philosophical theory is integrated with recent empirical work on both agrarian and industrial society drawn from political science, sociology, geography, anthropology, and economics.Clearly written and well structured, this text provides the logical and conceptual tools necessary for dealing with the debates at the cutting edge of contemporary philosophy of social science It will prove indispensible for philosophers, social scientists and their students.

    One thought on “Varieties of Social Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science”

    1. suggested summer reading by the head of M.I.T. anthropology department.On the denser, more textbook-side.

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