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The Expanded Social Scientist's Bestiary

A Guide to Fabled Threats to, and Defenses of, Naturalistic Social Science
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D. C. Phillips
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Chapter 1 Preface: On Good and Bad Beasts Chapter 2 Constructivism and its Many Ugly Faces: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Chapter 3 Hermeneutics and Naturalistic Social Inquiry Chapter 4 Holistic Tendencies in Social Science Chapter 5 Narrative Research: Telling Stories about Stories Chapter 6 Naturalistic Ideals in Social Science Chapter 7 New Philosophy of Science Chapter 8 Objectivity and Subjectivity Chapter 9 Popperian Rules for Research Design Chapter 10 Positivism Chapter 11 Qualitative Research and its Warrant Chapter 12 Social Construction of Knowledge Chapter 13 Theories and Laws Chapter 14 Values in Social Inquiry
The (Expanded)Social ScientistOs Bestiary addresses a number of important theoretical and philosophical issues in the social sciences from the perspective of contemporary philosophy of science. The book discusses and critiques the various arguments that purport to establish that it is a mistake to believe that a naturalistic social science- i.e. social science that in some way resembles the natural sciences- can be produced. It is intended to guide social scientists-researchers, teachers, and students-so that they will not fall victim to the beasts they will encounter in the course of their inquiries. Such beasts include holism, post-positivistic work in the philosophy of science, Kuhnian relativism, the denial of objectivity and value neutrality, hermeneutics and several others, both good and bad. This expanded and revised edition contains four new chapters tackling such contemporary beasts as Popperian rules, narrative research, and various forms of constructivism. The chapters presented in this volume are, as far as possible, self-contained so that each chapter can be consulted without the necessity of having read the others, thus making this volume an invaluable guide for faculty members and graduate students in the whole of the social sciences and related applied fields.