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The Objects of Social Science by Eleonora Montuschi


The Objects of Social Science by Eleonora Montuschi

The philosophy of social sciences has become one of the battlegrounds of contemporary theory and analysis. At the core of the debate is the central question about the objective capacity of a range of disciplines not explicitly regarded as scientific. The philosophy of social science employs a rich and complex approach to its object, an approach which explores methodological, epistemological, metaphysical an logical questions. How can such a diverse approach attempt objectivity when faecd with the complexity of what is studied, namely the social world? What is the object of social scientific investigation? The Objects of Social Sciendce presents a clear and structured analysis of the philosophy of social science across each of its main disciplines: Antropology, Sociology, History, Economics and Geography. It both identifies the practical and theoretical procedures involved in the identification of the object and, at the same time, raises questions aout the very objectivity of these procedures in analysing the object. The book will prove invaluable to students across the social sciences as a guide to the theories and methodologies which underpin their disciplines.Eleonora Montuschi teaches Philosophy os Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is Deputy Director, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences.


An invaluable resource for teaching philosophy of social science at all levels. The Objects of Social Science provides a valuable addition to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. It offers insightful coverage of the fundamental debates in the field and, uniquely, addresses the central methodological debates in each of the main social science disciplines. John Dupre, University of Exeter An excellent study, informed by both analytic and Continental approaches, by both philosophical theory and social science practice. Nancy Cartwright, London School of Economics

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Eleonora Montuschi teaches Philosophy of Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is Deputy Director, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences.

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Publication date

13th November 2003


Eleonora Montuschi

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


224 pages


Social theory



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