Philosophers and social scientists share a common goal: to explore fundamental truths about ourselves and the nature of the world in which we live. But in what ways do these two distinct disciplines inform each other and arrive at these truths? The 10th anniversary edition of this highly regarded text directly responds to such issues as it introduces students to the philosophy of social science.
While staying true to the writing of the late Ian Craib, this perennial text has been brought up to date by Ted Benton. This new edition includes previously unpublished personal insights from both authors, incorporates new commentaries on classic content and features an additional chapter on recent developments in the field.
* Addresses critical issues relating to the nature of social science
* Interrogates the relationship between social science and natural science
* Encompasses traditional and contemporary perspectives
* Introduces and critiques a wide range of approaches, from empiricism and positivism to post structuralism and rationalism.
Written in an engaging and student-friendly style, the book introduces key ideas and concepts while raising questions and opening debates. A cornerstone text in the Traditions in Social Theory series, this book remains essential reading for all students of social theory.
TED BENTON Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. He is the esteemed author of many books, including Philosophical Foundations of the Three Sociologies, The Rise and Fall of Structural Marxism and Natural Relations: Ecology, Animal Rights and Social Justice. IAN CRAIB sometime Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK, until his death in 2002. He was a prominent sociologist and the author of numerous books, including Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas and Classical Social Theory.
Preface to the Second Edition.- Introduction to the First Edition.- Empiricism and Positivism in Science.- Some Problems of Empiricism and Positivism.- Science, Nature and Society: Some Alternatives to Empiricism.- Interpretive Approaches 1: Instrumental Rationality.- Interpretive Approaches 2: Rationality as Rule-Following: Cultures, Traditions and Hermeneutics.- Interpretive Approaches 3: Critical Rationality.- Critical Realism and the Social Sciences.- Feminism, Knowledge and Society.- Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism.- Conclusion: In Defence of Philosophy.- Commentary on Recent Developments.- Appendix I: Personal Conclusions.- Appendix II: Obituary for Professor Ian Craib.- Glossary.- Bibliography.- Index.