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The Expanded Social Scientist's Bestiary: A Guide to Fabled Threats To, and Defenses Of, Naturalistic Social Science

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November 2000

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

The (Expanded) Social Scientist's Bestiary addresses a number of important theoretical and philosophical issues in the social sciences from the perspective of contemporary philosophy of science. This expanded and revised edition contains four new chapters tackling such contemporary beasts as Popperian rules, narrative research, and various forms of constructivism. The chapters presented in this volume are, as far as possible, self-contained so that each chapter can be consulted without the necessity of having read the others, thus making this volume an invaluable guide for faculty members and graduate students in the whole of the social sciences and related applied fields.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Chapter 1 Preface: On Good and Bad Beasts Chapter 2 Constructivism and its Many Ugly Faces: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Chapter 3 Hermeneutics and Naturalistic Social Inquiry Chapter 4 Holistic Tendencies in Social Science Chapter 5 Narrative Research: Telling Stories about Stories Chapter 6 Naturalistic Ideals in Social Science Chapter 7 New Philosophy of Science Chapter 8 Objectivity and Subjectivity Chapter 9 Popperian Rules for Research Design Chapter 10 Positivism Chapter 11 Qualitative Research and its Warrant Chapter 12 Social Construction of Knowledge Chapter 13 Theories and Laws Chapter 14 Values in Social Inquiry

Portrait

D. C. Phillips is professor of education and philosophy and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Education at Stanford University.

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How refreshing it is to see concepts such as truth, values, and objectivity discussed intelligently within the context of social science. Phillips unravels the complexities of constructivism, hermeneutics, naturalism, narrative research, and positivism with his insightful analysis and lucid writing. This is a must read for all of us who are students of the social sciences; students in the sense that we are as concerned about the questions we ask and the ways in which we go about answering them as we are in the answers we ultimately find. -- Lorin W. Anderson, University of South Carolina Should be required reading for all Ph.D. candidates in social science. It is a mind clearing analysis of the highest order, prophylactic and curative of the numerous methodological and substantive ills that afflict us. It is especially needed today when the 'positivist-bashers' are using the Vienna Circle's mistakes and Kuhn's exaggerations for obscurantist purposes. -- Paul E. Meehl, Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science This is vintage D. C. Phillips. A spirited, wide-ranging, postpositivist apologia for a naturalistic interpretation of the social sciences. This expanded new edition examines the 'habits' of two new fashionable beasts known as narrative research and social constructionism and offers a neo-Popperian account of falsificationism. In substance and style, The Bestiary displays Phillips' unswerving commitment to reasoned argument, empirical grounding, and the regulative ideals of truth and objectivity asthe foundations for sound social science. This book is a must-read for any scholar seeking to come to terms with a contemporary account of naturalism in the social sciences... -- Thomas A. Schwandt, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign This is vintage D. C. Phillips. A spirited, wide-ranging, postpositivist apologia for a naturalistic interpretation of the social sciences. This expanded new edition examines the 'habits' of two new fashionable beasts known as narrative research and social constructionism and offers a neo-Popperian account of falsificationism. In substance and style, The Bestiary displays Phillips' unswerving commitment to reasoned argument, empirical grounding, and the regulative ideals of truth and objectivity as the foundations for sound social science. This book is a must-read for any scholar seeking to come to terms with a contemporary account of naturalism in the social sciences. -- Thomas A. Schwandt, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
EAN: 9780847698912
ISBN: 0847698912
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD PUBL GROU
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2000
Seitenanzahl: 296 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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