The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science
(Routledge Philosophy Companions)
McIntyre, Lee (EDT)
Rosenberg, Alex (EDT)
Taylor & Francis 2016/12
453 p. 26 cm.
This comprehensive volume includes thirty-seven newly written chapters on virtually all of the key debates in the philosophy of social science. Edited by two of the leading scholars in the field, each entry is written by an outstanding expert in the philosophy of social science, asked here to provide an intellectual overview of their topic in language that will be accessible to both students and scholars.
The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science is an outstanding guide to the major themes, movements, debates, and topics in the philosophy of social science. It includes thirty-seven newly written chapters, by many of the leading scholars in the field, as well as a comprehensive introduction by the editors. Insofar as possible, the material in this volume is presented in accessible language, with an eye toward undergraduate and graduate students who may be coming to some of this material for the first time. Scholars too will appreciate this clarity, along with the chance to read about the latest advances in the discipline. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science is broken up into four parts. Historical and Philosophical Context Concepts Debates Individual Sciences Edited by two of the leading scholars in the discipline, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of social science, and its many areas of connection and overlap with key debates in the philosophy of science.
Table of Contents
Part I. Historical and philosophical context Comte and the Positivist Vision Vincent Guillin Durkheim and the Methods of Scientific Sociology Warren Schmaus Verstehen and the Reaction Against Positivism Brian Fay The Development of Logical Empiricism Thomas Uebel Kuhn's Influence on the Social Sciences K. Brad Wray Popper's Influence on the Social Sciences Jeremy Shearmur Interpretation and Critical Theory Ken Baynes The Empirical Counter-Revolution Jaakko Kuorikoski Part II. Concepts Explanation David Henderson Reductionism Harold Kincaid Emergence Julie Zahle Methodological Individualism Petri Ylikoski Functionalism Alex Rosenberg Naturalism David Livingstone Smith Game Theory Cristina Bicchieri & Giacomo Sillari Situational Analysis Kevin D. Hoover Bias in Social Scientific Experimentation Sharon Crasnow Causal Inference and Modeling Tuukka Kaidesoja Collective Intentionality Kirk Ludwig & Marija Jankovic Microfoundations, Mechanism, and Causal Powers Dan Little Social Ontology Brian Epstein Realism and Anti-Realism Kareem Khalifa & Randall Harp Critical Realism Justin Cruickshank Objectivity Eleonora Montuschi Part III. Debates Are There Social Scientific Laws? Julian Reiss Behavioral Economics Conrad Heilmann Machine Epistemology and Big Data Greg Wheeler Evolutionary Psychology Stephen M. Downes Cognitive Science Stephen Turner and David Eck The Social Construction of Knowledge Steve Fuller Feminism in Social Research Marianne Janack Race in Social Research Michael Root Part IV. Individual Sciences Philosophy of Economics Don Ross Philosophy of History Paul A. Roth Philosophy of Psychology Nico Orlandi & Janette Dinishak Philosophy of Sociology & Anthropology Mark Risjord Why Is There No Philosophy of Political Science? Bruno Verbeek & Lee McIntyre