Synopses & Reviews
This fully revised, updated and extended edition of a successful text, introduces some of the important philosophical issues arising from social research practices and historical research in the social sciences. Since its initial publication the field of social research and philosophy has been widely debated, and this expanded version incorporates the most recent discussion and theories. In this edition John Hughes and Wes Sharrock carefully analyse the research implications of the great sociological thinkers, and stress that depending upon the researcher's philosophical leanings, there are a range of possible interpretations of the 'facts' uncovered by the researcher.
The Philosophy of Social Science provides the reader with an invaluable introduction to the theoretical and philosophical issues surrounding social research. Why is research important and what is the relationship between theory and data, what is the intellectual authority of claims that it is scientifically possible to know the social world? Questions like these are explored in a clear and accessible style in this challenging and stimulating book.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -216) and index.