Understanding Social Science: Philosophical Introduction to the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition
DescriptionIn this lucid and engaging introductory volume on the nature of society, Roger Trigg examines the scientific basis of social science and shows that philosophical presuppositions are a necessary starting point for the study of society.
1. The Nature of Science.
2. Objectivity and the Sociology of Knowledge.
3. Individuals and Society.
4. Understanding Other Societies.
6. Facts and Values.
7. Economics and Society.
8. Culture: Function and Adaptation.
9. Sociobiology and Determinism.
10. Markets and Social Institutions.
11. Tradition and Reason.
12. The Philosophical Basis of Social Science.
"Trigg's study is a lively and informative introduction to the philosophical issues at the heart of our efforts to either understand or explain social phenomena. He questions naturalistic accounts of social science and argues that the core philosophical assumptions within such inquiry will prove neither innocuous nor dissolve through empirical methods." Robert D'Amico, University of Florida
Multidisciplinary in its approach, using examples drawn from sociology, economics, anthropology and psychology.
Lucid and engaging prose.
Accessible while maintaining a high level of philosophical sophistication.