Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology

A Volume in the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science Series

Series Editor:

  • Dov M. Gabbay, King's College London, UK
  • Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • John Woods, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Edited by

  • Stephen Turner, Ph.D., University of South Florida, Tampa, U.S.A.
  • Mark Risjord, Ph.D., Emory University, Atlanta, U.S.A.

This volume concerns philosophical issues that arise from the practice of anthropology and sociology. The essays cover a wide range of issues, including traditional questions in the philosophy of social science as well as those specific to these disciplines. Authors attend to the historical development of the current debates and set the stage for future work.
View full description


Philosophers and Social Scientists


Book information

  • Published: October 2006
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51542-1

Table of Contents

General Preface (Dov Gabbay, Paul Thagard and John Woods)PrefaceList of ContributorsI. Sociology and QuanitificationDefining a Discipline: Sociology and its Philosophical Problems, from Its Classics to 1945(Stephen Turner)Measurement (Joel Michell)The Intersection of Philosophy and Theory Construction: The Problem of the Origin of Elements in a Theory (Jerald Hage)Causal Models in the Social Sciences (James Woodward)II Individualism and HolismFunctional Explanation and Evolutionary Social Science (Harold Kinaid)Evolutionary Explanations (Valerie Haines)Holism and Supervenience (Julie Zahle)Levels of the Social (Daniel Little)Rational Choice (Alessandro Pizzorno)III. Anthropology, Culture and InterpretationEthnography and Culture (Mark Risjord)Categories and Classification in the Social Sciences (Warren Schmaus)Hermeneutic and Phenomenological Approaches (William Outhwaite)The Origins of Ethnomethodology (Michael Lynch)Philosophy of Archaeology: Philosophy in Archaeology (Alison Wylie)IV. Rationality and NormativityRelativism and Historicism (Ian Jarvie)The Problem of Apparently Irrational Beliefs (Steven Lukes)Language and Translation (David Henderson)Practice Theory (Joe Rouse)Naturalism without Fears (Paul Roth)V. Critical ApproachesWe, Heirs of Enlightenment: Critical Theory, Democracy and Social Science (James Bohman)Race in the Social Sciences (Michael Root)Feminist Anthropology and Sociology: Issues for Social Science (Sharon Crasnow)What's "New" in the Sociology of Knowledge? (John Zammito)Index