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The conduct of inquiry : methodology for behavioral science

Author: Abraham Kaplan
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017.
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"In arguably the finest text ever written in the philosophy of social science, Abraham Kaplan emphasizes what unites the behavioral sciences more than what distinguishes them from one another. Kaplan avoids the bitter disputes among people doing methodology, claiming instead that what is important are those qualities intrinsic to the overall aspirations of the social sciences. He deals with special problems of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1003795943
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham Kaplan
ISBN: 9781351484503 1351484508 9781315131467 1315131463
OCLC Number: 995849360
Notes: "Originally published in 1964 by Chandler Publishing Company."
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Part II METHODOLOGY --
chapter 1 Logic-in-Use and Reconstructed Logic --
chapter 2 Logic and Psychology --
chapter 3 The Task of Methodology --
chapter 4 --
chapter 5 The Empirical Basis --
chapter 6 Functions of Concepts --
chapter 7 Theoretical Terms --
chapter 8 Openness of Meaning --
chapter 9 Specification of Meaning --
chapter 10 Concepts in Behavioral Science --
chapter 11 Functions of Laws --
chapter 12 The Content of Laws --
chapter 13 Types of Laws --
chapter 14 Laws in Behavioral Science --
chapter 15 The Process of Observation --
chapter 16 Observation in Behavioral Science --
chapter 17 Functions of Experiment --
chapter 18 The Structure of Experiment --
chapter 19 Experiment in Behavioral Science --
chapter 20 Functions of Measurement --
chapter 21 The Structure of Measurement --
chapter 22 Scales --
chapter 23 Validity --
chapter 24 Measurement in Behavioral Science --
chapter 25 Functions of Statistics --
chapter 26 Probability and Induction --
chapter 27 Statistical Description --
chapter 28 Statistical Hypotheses --
chapter 29 Statistics in Behavioral Science --
chapter 30 The Structure of Models --
chapter 31 Functions of Models --
chapter 32 Shortcomings of Models --
chapter 33 Models in Behavioral Science --
chapter 34 Theories and Laws --
chapter 36 Validation of Theories --
chapter 37 Theories in Behavioral Science --
chapter 38 The Pattern Model --
chapter 39 The Deductive Model --
chapter 40 Explanation and Prediction --
chapter 41 Functions of Explanation --
chapter 42 Explanation in Behavioral Science --
chapter 43 Values in Inquiry --
chapter 44 Theory of Value --
chapter 45 Behavioral Science and Policy --
chapter 46 The Future of Behavioral Science.
Responsibility: Abraham Kaplan ; with a new introduction by Charles Wolf, Jr.

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"In arguably the finest text ever written in the philosophy of social science, Abraham Kaplan emphasizes what unites the behavioral sciences more than what distinguishes them from one another. Kaplan avoids the bitter disputes among people doing methodology, claiming instead that what is important are those qualities intrinsic to the overall aspirations of the social sciences. He deals with special problems of various disciplines only so far as may be helpful in clarifying the general method of inquiry.The Conduct of Inquiry is a systematic, rounded, and wide-ranging inquiry into behavioral science. Kaplan is guided by the experience of sciences with longer histories, but he is bound neither to their problems nor to their solutions. Instead, he addresses the methodology of behavioral science in the broad sense of both method and science. The work is not a formal exercise in the philosophy of science but rather a critical and constructive assessment of the developing standards and strategies of contemporary social inquiry. He emphasizes the tasks, achievements, limitations, and dilemmas of the newer disciplines.Philosophers of science usually choose to write about the most fully developed sciences because problems are clearer there. The result is ordinarily of little benefit to the behavioral scientist, whose task is clarification of method; here the precedents and analogies of physical science are obscure or inappropriate. The Conduct of Inquiry goes a long way in drawing upon the strengths of social research insights without simplifying the common concerns of the scientific enterprise as a whole. As Leonard Broom noted when the book initially appeared: "Kaplan fills a gap and does so with admirable clarity and often engaging wit. It lacks pomposity, pedantry, and pretension, and it is bound to make an impact on the teaching of and, with luck, research in the behavioral sciences.""--Provided by publisher.

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