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Social science : philosophical and methodological foundations

Author: Gerard Delanty
Publisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2005.
Series: Concepts in the social sciences.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"This concise and accessible book provides a critical discussion and comprehensive overview of the major philosophical debates on the methodological foundations of the social sciences. From its origins in the sixteenth century, when a new system of knowledge was created around the idea of modernity, the author shows how the philosophy of social science developed as a reflection on some of the central questions in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Delanty, Gerard.
Social science.
Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)646941219
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerard Delanty
ISBN: 9780335217229 0335217222 0335217214 9780335217212
OCLC Number: 58554600
Notes: Previous edition: 1997.
Description: x, 197 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction : challenges for social science --
1. Positivism, science and the politics of knowledge --
2. Hermeneutics and interpretation : the search for meaning --
3. The dialectical imagination : Marxism, critique and emancipation --
4. Communication and pragmatism : Habermas, Apel and the renewal of critical social science --
5. Deconstructionism and postmodernism : implications of the cultural turn --
6. Return of the actor : the reflexive turn and feminist standpoint epistemology --
7. Constructivism and realism --
8. Social science and public discourse.
Series Title: Concepts in the social sciences.
Responsibility: Gerard Delanty.

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What is social science? Does social scientific knowledge differ from other kinds of knowledge, such as the natural sciences and common sense? What is the relation between method and knowledge? This  Read more...

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