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Varieties of Social Explanation [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Little
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Book Description

An introduction to the philosophy of social science with an emphasis on the central forms of explanation in social science: rational-intentional, causal, functional, structural, materialist, and interpretive. The book offers a treatment of rational choice theory, microfoundations for social explanation, the idea of supervenience, functionalism, and current discussions of relativism. This edition includes an extensive new introduction, "Philosophy and Social Knowledge".


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  • File Size: 840 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel Little (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075RG21C
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning opportunities July 16, 2014
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Although the book isn't quite new (basicly from 1991) it gives en easy and relevant overview of (still) central debates concerning explanations in the social sciences.

The books also have relevant examples, although it's too often historical, from Asia, concerning peasant economies and within the area of antropology. You can take that though as another learning opportunity :-)

The book is furthermore fairly objectice when it comes to referring various positions. Little himself is part of a seldom, but quite interessting, branch of marxism, which blends Marx, methodological individualism (of a sort) and rachional choice theory. Another learning opportunity - and you don't have to agree :-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars The e-book formatting is a disaster September 8, 2014
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The formatting of the e-book is a disaster. The text does not fit on the screen; sentences continue off-screen, which makes it impossible to read this otherwise interesting if basic introduction to social science methodology and theory.
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Daniel Little is chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He serves as professor of philosophy at UM-Dearborn and professor of sociology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His research interests fall within the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, and he has a special interest in China and Southeast Asia. He writes frequently on topics at the intersection of philosophy, sociology, and globalization. He is a regular participant in the Social Science History Association and the Association for Asian Studies.

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