Good. 0813328284. Marfree, acidfree $72 list; not written-in, hi-lighted, reprint, remainder or ex-library. G/G lite wear on unclipped DJ; clean unbumped full black cloth boards; 9 pp are litely underlined. Mail SAMEDAY! From Booknews: McIntyre (philosophy, Colgate U. ) contends that laws are possible in the social sciences, and that those who say they are not possible, practical, or relevant are arguing from the basis of a flawed analogy with the natural sciences. He examines the epistemological similarities and differences between natural and social sciences in light of recent thinking in the philosophy of science that standards can shift without jeopardizing the centrality of scientific laws. Overall he is optimistic about the prospects for nomological explanation in the social sciences. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknewscom ) Ingram: "Certainly the best case for the possibility of discoverable laws in social science that has appeared in more than a generation" (Alexander Rosenberg, University of Georgia). "Those who have dismissed the possibility of a nomological social science now must contend with Lee McIntyre's powerful argument to the contrary". --Merrilee H. Salmon, University of Pittsburgh.; Textbook; 9.75 x 1.00 x 6.50; 197 pages.
As New in As New jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Scholarly text presents the first full-length defense of social scientific laws to appear in the last twenty years. This book upholds the prospect of the nomological explanation of human behavior against those who maintain that this approach is impossible, impractical, or irrelevant. By pursuing an analogy with the natural sciences, McIntyre shows that the barriers to nomological inquiry within the social sciences are not generated by factors unique to social inquiry, but arise from a largely common set of problems that face any scientific endeavor. All of the most widely supported arguments against social scientific laws have failed largely due to adherence to a highly idealized conception of nomologicality (allegedly drawn from the natural sciences themselves) and the limited doctrine of descriptivism. Basing his arguments upon a more realistic view of scientific theorizing that emphasizes the pivotal role of redescription in aiding the search for scientific laws, McIntyre is optimistic about attaining useful law-like explanations of human behavior. 197 pgs. Dustjacket in mylar.
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