The Idea of a Social Science and Its Relation to Philosophy

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Psychology Press, 1990 - Social Science - 143 pages
The problems dealt with in The Idea of a Social Science are philosophical. It is an attempt to place the social science, considered as a single group, on the intellectual map, with special attention to the relations of the discipline to philosophy on the one hand and the natural sciences on the other. The author holds that the relation between the social sciences and philosophy is commonly misunderstood because of certain fashionable misconceptions about the nature of philosophy, and because of an incorrect assessment of the significance of some of Wittgenstein's contributions. He discusses the influence of the natural sciences on our conception of the social sciences and examines some of the most influential ideas of J.S. Mill, Pareto and Max Weber.
 

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Contents

PHILOSOPHICAL BEARINGS
1
THE SOCIAL STUDIES AS SCIENCE
66
THE MIND AND SOCIETY
95
CONCEPTS AND ACTIONS
v
THE NATURE OF MEANINGFUL
40
Activities and Precepts 51
51
Rules and Habits 57
57
BIBLIOGRAPHY 137
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