This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 601
  • Course: Master of Liberal Arts
  • Semester: II
  • Title: Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • Stream: Philosophy
  • Description:

    Philosophy: epistemology, metaphysics and ethics; Social sciences; Historical and philosophical

    roots of social sciences: Comte, Dilthey, Durkheim, Weber and Marx; Modes of social inquiry:

    natural scientific, critical social science, social constructionist viewpoints and contemporary

    hermeneutics; Instrumental reason and its critics; Abstraction and the life world; Debates about

    value-neutrality; Methodological holism and methodological individualism: holism/individualism

    debates, social atomism and reductionism; Explanations in social sciences; Differences between

    natural and social sciences; Objectivism, relativism and objectivity.

     

    Texts/References:

    1. R. Bishop, The Philosophy of the Social Sciences: An Introduction, Continuum International, 2007.

    2. A.Rosenberg, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Westview Press, 2008.

    3. T. M. Peter, A Realist Philosophy of Social Science: Explanation and Understanding, Cambridge

    University Press, 2006.

    4. M. Hollis, The Philosophy of Social Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

    5. M. Martin (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science, MIT, 1994.

  • Text:

    R. Bishop, The Philosophy of the Social Sciences: An Introduction, Continuum International, 2007.^$^A.Rosenberg, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Westview Press, 2008.^$^T. M. Peter, A Realist Philosophy of Social Science: Explanation and Understanding, Cambridge University Press, 2006.^$^M. Hollis, The Philosophy of Social Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 2000.^$^M. Martin (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science, MIT, 1994.