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A Realist Philosophy of Social Science

Explanation and Understanding

A Realist Philosophy of Social Science by Peter T. Manicas
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This introduction to the philosophy of social science provides an original conception of the task and nature of social inquiry. Peter Manicas discusses the role of causality seen in the physical sciences and offers a reassessment of the problem of explanation from a realist perspective. He argues that the fundamental goal of theory in both the natural and social sciences is not, contrary to widespread opinion, prediction and control, or the explanation of events (including behaviour). Instead, theory aims to provide an understanding of the processes which, together, produce the contingent outcomes of experience. Offering a host of concrete illustrations and examples of critical ideas and issues, this accessible book will be of interest to students of the philosophy of social science, and social scientists from a range of disciplines.
Cambridge University Press; June 2006
237 pages; ISBN 9780511218002
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Title: A Realist Philosophy of Social Science
Author: Peter T. Manicas
 
ISBNs
0511218001
9780511218002
9780521861403