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Philosophy of Social Science Paperback – July 31, 2007

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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Third Edition edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343518
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Alex Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy (with secondary appointments in the biology and political science departments) at Duke University. Rosenberg has been a visiting professor and fellow of the at the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Oxford University and a visiting fellow of the Philosophy Department at the Research School of Social Science, of the Australian National University. He has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 1993 Rosenberg received the Lakatos Award in the philosophy of science. In 2006-2007 he held a fellowship at the National Humanities Center. He was also the Phi Beta Kappa-Romanell Lecturer for 2006-2007.

Rosenberg's books include

The Structure of Biological Science (Cambridge University Press, 1985)
Philosophy of Social Science (Westview Press, 2012)
Economics: Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns? (University of Chicago Press, 1992)
Instrumental Biology, or the Disunity of Science (University of Chicago Press, 1994)
Darwinism in Philosophy, Social Science and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Approach (Routledge, 2011)
Darwinian Reductionism or How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology (University of Chicago Press, 2006)
The Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction (with Daniel McShea, Routledge, 2007)
and
The Atheist's Guide to Reality (Norton, 2011).

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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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