• Social sciences between knowledge and ideologies: need for philosophy
Part I. Social and cognitive roots for reflexivity upon the research process
• Social sciences, what for? On the manifold directions of social research
• Vitenskapsteori-- - what, how and why?
• Culture or Biology? If this sounds interesting, you might be confused
• Conditional Objectivism: A Strategy for Connecting the Social Sciences and Practical Decision-Making
• Towards Reflexivity in Science: Anthropological Reflections on Science and Society
Part II. Philosophies of explanation in the social sciences
• Explanation: guidance for social scientists
• From causality to catalysis in the social sciences
• How to identify and how to conduct research that is informative and reproducible
• Explaining social phenomena: Emergence and Levels of Explanation
Part III. Social normativity in social sciences
• Normativity in psychology and the social sciences: Questions of universality
• The crisis in psychological science, and the need for a person-oriented approach
• Open access, a remedy to the crisis in scientific inquiry?
Part IV. Social processes in particular sciences: challenges to interdisciplinarity
• Fragmented and Critical? Some challenges for a social organization of Norwegian sociology, and implications for innovation
• How do economists think?
Part V.General Conclusion
• What can social science practitioners learn from philosophies of science?
This is an international and interdisciplinary volume that provides a new look at the general background of the social sciences from a philosophical perspective and provides directions for methodology. It seeks to overcome the limitations of the traditional treatises of a philosophy of science rooted in the physical sciences, as well as extend the coverage of basic science to intentional and socially normative features of the social sciences.
The discussions included in this book are divided into four thematic sections:
• Social and cognitive roots for reflexivity upon the research process
• Philosophies of explanation in the social sciences
• Social normativity in social sciences
• Social processes in particular sciences
Social Philosophy of Science for the Social Sciences will find an interested audience in students of the philosophy of science and social sciences. It is also relevant for researchers and students in the fields of psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, education, and political science.
• Provides a new look at the philosophy of science
• Offers an interdisciplinary focus on the traditions of the philosophy of science
• Provides examples from various fields of social science on why the philosophical underpinnings of the research are relevant for innovations