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Normativity and Naturalism in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Mark Risjord (Emory University, USA)



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05 February 2019
Philosophy; Social theory; Economic theory & philosophy; Philosophy of science
Normativity and Naturalism in the Social Sciences engages with a central debate within the philosophy of social science: whether social scientific explanation necessitates an appeal to norms, and if so, whether appeals to normativity can be rendered scientific. This collection brings together contributions from a diverse group of philosophers who explore a broad but thematically unified set of questions, many of which stem from an ongoing debate between Stephen Turner and Joseph Rouse (both contributors to this volume) on the role of naturalism in the philosophy of the social sciences. Informed by recent developments in both philosophy and the social sciences, this volume will set the benchmark for contemporary discussions about normativity and naturalism. This collection will be relevant to philosophers of social science, philosophers in interested in the rule following and metaphysics of normativity, and theoretically oriented social scientists.
Edited by:   Mark Risjord (Emory University USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   517g
ISBN:   9780367235130
ISBN 10:   0367235137
Series:   Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   05 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Risjord is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, USA.

Reviews for Normativity and Naturalism in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

This nice volume edited by Risjord clarifies how hard the job of the normativist has become ... Undoubtedly normativists will continue to produce ingenious arguments to preserve the idea that philosophy can not only survive or co-exist with, but even compete with science. In order to do that, they will have to engage seriously with the many conceptual and empirical obstacles that are laid out in this volume. -Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews This book picks up a core current debate over whether normativity and naturalism can be reconciled in social science, and extends and deepens it. No philosopher of social science should ignore it. -Don Ross, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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