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Paperback | Out of Print | 280 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 1993 | ISBN: 9780262521833
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New Philosophy of Social Science

Problems of Indeterminacy


Under the influence of post-empiricism, philosophy of science has in recent years begun to show a healthier respect for history and actual practice. In this accessible account, James Bohman shows how this model can be applied to the social sciences, opening the way for a new synthesis that finds rigor within the necessary indeterminacy of practice.

About the Author

James Bohman is Danforth Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. He is the author, editor, or translator of many books.


"A first-rate overview of and contribution to contemporary debates in the philosophy of the social sciences... . Like philosophers of natural science, Bohman places more emphasis than his predecessors on careful examination of successful research, more emphasis on what presuppositions researchers bring to their work, and less emphasis on demarcating 'good' from 'bad' science by appeal to first principles... . Highly recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students."
D. Christie, University of New Hampshire, Choice

"This book is without equal in reflecting the actual state of debate in the various social sciences. The wide range of issues considered and the reliance on case studies from the actual practice of social inquiry make this the best available text on the subject."
—Thomas McCarthy, Northwestern University