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Philosophy of Social Science Paperback – July 31, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-0813343518 ISBN-10: 0813343518 Edition: Third Edition

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Alexander Rosenberg professor of philosophy at the University of Georgia. He is author of many books and papers in the philosophy of social and biological sciences, including The Structure of Biological Science and Economics—Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns (winner of the prestigious Lakatos Prize for 1993).
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Third Edition edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343518
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,066,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Rosenberg

When he's not writing historical novels, Alex Rosenberg is a professor of philosophy at Duke University.

Alex's first novel, "The Girl From Krakow," is a thriller that explores how a young woman and her lover navigate the dangerous thirties, the firestorm of war in Europe, and how they make sense of their survival.

He is working on his second novel, a murder mystery set in Oxford and London in the 1950s that takes the reader back to before, during and after the second world war in New York.

Before he became a novelist Alex wrote a large number of books about the philosophy of science, especially about economics and biology. These books were mainly addressed to other academics. But in 2011 Alex published a book that explores the answers that science gives to the big questions of philosophy that most atheists (and all thinking people) ask themselves--questions about the nature of reality, the meaning of life, moral values, free will, the relationship of the mind to the brain, and our human future. That book, "The Atheist's Guide to Reality," was widely reviewed and was quite controversial.


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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
There are many books out there with the same title as this one. But if you want to know what the real issues in the philosophy of social science are, and how they connect to the basic questions of philosophy--from Plato to Popper--this is the book to read. Rosenberg uniquely combines expertise across the range of problems about social scientific method with an eye to the sides social scientists actually have to take about fundamental questions. The comparison of rational choice, functionalist, and Darwinian explanations of cross-cousin marriage rules is just one example!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By hakeem477 on June 22, 2006
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As a recent college graduate, I can say I've learned more about the social sciences and its theoretical underpinnings from this book than I did my entire 5 years in college. While Rosenberg's survey of the social sciences is certainly not exhaustive, he covers many core family disciplines of the social sciences, such as economics and sociology, and their philosophical foundations. Moreover, Rosenberg even includes a review of critical theory, a discipline that probably would not have been mentioned by many mainstream thinkers. The way he uses the problems of philosophy, especially metaphysics and ethics, to compare and contrast the natural sciences and social sciences is powerfully insightful. For anyone interested in the study of human behavior or philosophy, this book is highly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 5, 2008
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Professor of Philosophy at Duke University Alexander Rosenberg brings us the third edition of "The Philosophy of Social Science", a thoroughly argued yet still accessible introduction to the philosophical foundations of human sciences such as economics, anthropology, sociology, and many others. New to this edition include an overview of the eclipse of behaviorism in psychology and the rise of game theory in economics, consideration of problems for functionalism in social science that must be addressed by an appeal to biology and especially Darwinism thinking; and so much more on top of that. "The Philosophy of Social Science" is highly recommended to college philosophy shelves as a complete reference and to non-specialized general readers with an interest in psychology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By José Monserrat Neto on August 4, 2014
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