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The Philosophy of the Social Sciences: An Introduction Paperback – August 28, 2007

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'Reliable summaries and questions at the end of each chapter.'
Times Higher Education


'...a helpful development towards a better understanding of the particular nature of the social sciences.' Alfonso Donoso, University of York, UK for Political Studies Review.


Title mention in Times Higher Education Supplement, February 2008


"Bishop's book is a very well executed textbook, perfectly suited for undergraduate courses or, if supplemented with additional material, graduate courses. It is geared towards students all the way through—i.e., rather than being a textbook written to impress one's colleagues! There are useful 'further study' questions at the end of each chapter that are both perfect for self-study and for use by instructors (to base tutorials around, for example). Recommended readings, pitched at the right level, also follow each chapter...It describes itself as 'the definitive companion', and I think it rally is...I shall certainly use Bishop's book for courses on the philosophy of social sciences." —Dean Rickles, Philosophy in Review

“Bishop’s book is a very well executed textbook, perfectly suited for undergraduate courses or, if supplemented with additional material, graduate courses. It is geared towards students all the way through—i.e., rather than being a textbook written to impress one’s colleagues! There are useful 'further study’ questions at the end of each chapter that are both perfect for self-study and for use by instructors (to base tutorials around, for example). Recommended readings, pitched at the right level, also follow each chapter…It describes itself as 'the definitive companion’, and I think it rally is…I shall certainly use Bishop’s book for courses on the philosophy of social sciences.” –Dean Rickles, Philosophy in Review

About the Author

Dr Robert C. Bishop is John and Madeleine McIntyre Endowed Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Wheaton College, USA. He has lectured in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science and has published widely in the philosophy of social science, psychology and science.
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826489532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826489531
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Interested in Social Sciences on June 27, 2011
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This book should be useful for anyone interested in an introduction to the social sciences whether undergraduate, postgraduate, or researcher - the main arguments and issues are introduced and discussed. The role that Western cultural values play in social science research is examined illuminating just how pervasive ethical ideals and assumptions can be in research practices. A further comparison of the natural and social sciences is given so that the reader can get a good sense of their similarities and differences.
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By José Monserrat Neto on August 4, 2014
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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CKent on March 2, 2009
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This is one of those tour guide books that familiarizes the student with lot of names and terms from social science. It covers a vast amount of territory in a way that probably suffices for first degree students in social science. Whether they remember any of the labels after sitting exams is another matter. But, be warned, it's of little use in a philosophy degree course, nor will it equip the student to read the current literature, or even TLS articles on the subject.
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