Philosophy of Social Science

Philosophy of Social Science

Number of page: 256
Author: Ted Benton, Ian Craib
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Category: Philosophy

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 This new edition includes previously unpublished personal insights from both authors, incorporates new commentaries on classic content and features an additional chapter on recent developments in the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.The book:• 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.

About The Author

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 was 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.