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Philosophy of Social Science

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This is an expanded and thoroughly revised edition of the widely adopted introduction to the philosophical foundations of the human sciences. Ranging from cultural anthropology to mathematical economics, Alexander Rosenberg leads the reader through behaviorism, naturalism, interpretativism about human action, and macrosocial scientific perspectives, illuminating the motiva ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 256 pages
Published October 12th 1995 by Westview Press (first published September 7th 1988)
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R.
Jun 06, 2014 R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the whole, the material that is not focused on things "continental" is successful, though I have some worries about the order the material is presented in--I would've probably started with the material on social fact, holism, etc. before proceeding to the issues over interpretationism versus naturalism. However, the "continental" material is seriously misleading and biased, so much so that I have decided to exclude this chapter from my syllabus and cover it in some other fashion. This is a pi ...more
Ghavami
Apr 23, 2011 Ghavami rated it liked it
Well, it is really a good introductory book to philosophy of social science! Most fundamental concepts are comprehensively explained and rich discussions on each of them are presented. This book, or similar ones are a must read for those who work in social science areas in order to become clear in their minds!

However, the book is not fluent! In fact, the author preferred to run the discussions on contradictory ideas side by side. In a paragraph one reads an idea and all supporting reasons for t
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Esi Naderi
Apr 23, 2011 Esi Naderi rated it liked it
Well, it is really a good introductory book to philosophy of social science! Most fundamental concepts are comprehensively explained and rich discussions on each of them are presented. This book, or similar ones are a must read for those who work in social science areas in order to become clear in their minds!

However, the book is not fluent! In fact, the author preferred to run the discussions on contradictory ideas side by side. In a paragraph one reads an idea and all supporting reasons for t
...more
Tom
Sep 05, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. Here's a fantastic work that outlines and examines the major problems facing the philosophy of social science. Although it's over 20 years old (I apparently bought a first edition), it's all still pretty relevant today (philosophy, of course, tends to be very slow-moving). It tries to be impartial regarding the various stances examined, and it almost succeeds in doing so, but I think Rosenberg does display a slight bias toward the individualistic perspective. My main criticism is th ...more
Brett
Sep 07, 2011 Brett rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, science
A readable and informative introduction to the thought currents behind the social sciences. Rosenberg challenges the reader not only to understand the traditional cleavages in the social sciences, but to actively choose a side; he has little patience for the middle ground, though he declines to tip his hand in terms of where he falls in the empiricist/interpretivist/critical theorist debate.

Thought-provoking outline of these controversies and a fair treatment of the arguments on all sides. The
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Haniva Az Zahra
jadi, buku ini yang menemani saya melewati satu semester dalam mata kuliah Filsafat Ilmu Pengetahuan. ah ya, saya syukurnya bisa melewati dengan baik. sayangnya, tidak bisa dibilang mampu memahami buku ini dengan sangat baik. buku ini baik, bagus untuk membuat berpikir dan merenung, mempertanyakan apa yang terlihat, mempraktikkan berfilsafat :) kalau kamu punya kesempatan membacanya, dan menikmatinya, saya akan beri kamu dua jempol :D
Ryan Lincoln
Jun 11, 2007 Ryan Lincoln rated it really liked it
Shelves: sociology
A very good introduction. It has helped to clear up some concepts which were previously ambiguous to me, and has helped me parse a number of sociological theories.

And, it's very readable.
David
Jul 29, 2007 David rated it really liked it
I'm brushing up on this subject since it seems that I've forgotten so much already!
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Alex Rosenberg's first novel, "The Girl From Krakow," is a thriller that explores how a young woman and her lover navigate the dangerous thirties, the firestorm of war in Europe, and how they make sense of their survival. Alex's second novel, "Autumn in Oxford" is a murder mystery set in Britain in the late 1950s. It takes the reader back to the second world war in the American south and England b ...more
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