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Woodcutters and witchcraft : rationality and interpretive change in the social sciences

Author: Mark W Risjord
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2000.
Series: SUNY series in the philosophy of the social sciences.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Illustrated with vivid examples from Wittgenstein's woodcutters to witchcraft in Mexico and elsewhere, this book argues that the underlying methodological principle governing interpretive change is explanatory coherence."--Jacket.
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Risjord, Mark W., 1960-
Woodcutters and witchcraft.
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2000
(DLC) 99042500
(OCoLC)42027482
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark W Risjord
ISBN: 0585268088 9780585268088
OCLC Number: 45733499
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 201 pages).
Contents: Breakdown and Reconstruction --
Synopsis --
Apparent Irrationality --
Bloodsucking Witchcraft --
Sati --
Azande Witchcraft: Three Interpretations --
The Purrinton Murders --
Parameters of the Problem --
Interpretive Change --
Charity --
Humanity --
Explanatory Coherence --
Explanation --
Criteria of Adequacy --
The Erotetic Model of Explanation --
Presuppositions --
Interests and Laissez-Faire Contextualism --
Explanation and Coherence Revisited --
Intentional Action and Social Explanation --
Explanatory Pluralism --
Intentional Action Explanations --
Social Explanations --
The Compatibility of Functional and Reason-Giving Explanations --
Meaning --
The Problem of Meaning --
The Explanatory Value of Meaning --
Defusing the Double Hermeneutic --
Normativity --
Norms, Action, and Explanation --
Norms, Rules, and Mistakes --
Contested Norms and the Community of Agents --
Interpretive Dynamics --
On the Relationship between the Social and Natural Sciences.
Series Title: SUNY series in the philosophy of the social sciences.
Responsibility: Mark W. Risjord.

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"Illustrated with vivid examples from Wittgenstein's woodcutters to witchcraft in Mexico and elsewhere, this book argues that the underlying methodological principle governing interpretive change is explanatory coherence."--Jacket.

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