Laws And Explanation In The Social Sciences [Revised] 0813336481, 9780813336480

The first full-length defense of social scientific laws to appear in the last twenty years, this book upholds the prospe

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Laws And Explanation In The Social Sciences [Revised]
 0813336481, 9780813336480

Table of contents :
Cover......Page 1
Half Title......Page 2
Title Page......Page 4
Copyright......Page 5
Contents......Page 6
Preface......Page 9
1 The Nomological Ideal......Page 12
Notes......Page 22
2 Fundamental Objections to Social Scientific Laws......Page 26
The Argument from Complexity......Page 28
The Argument from Openness......Page 45
Conclusion......Page 56
Notes......Page 58
3 Practical Objections to Social Scientific Laws......Page 64
The Argument from Complexity......Page 67
The Argument from Openness......Page 75
Conclusion......Page 86
Notes......Page 88
4 The Role of Laws in Scientific Understanding: The Case of Evolutionary Biology......Page 94
The Status of Laws in Evolutionary Biology......Page 95
Lessons for the Social Sciences......Page 114
Notes......Page 124
5 A Question of Relevance......Page 130
The Argument from Irrelevance......Page 132
Physicalism: Relevance Reconsidered......Page 141
Conclusion......Page 147
Notes......Page 149
6 Metaphysical Interlude......Page 154
Naturalism Without Reductionism,......Page 155
Supervenience,......Page 166
Notes......Page 172
7 Prospects and Limitations of a Nomological Social Science......Page 176
Notes......Page 184
Bibliography......Page 188
About the Book and Author......Page 200
D......Page 202
G......Page 203
L......Page 204
O......Page 205
S......Page 206
W......Page 207

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