Exploring humans: Philosophy of science for the social sciences - A historical introduction

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    Science is the most powerful generator of knowledge. No one
    seems to doubt that scientists steadily reveal the secrets of the
    world and human behaviour. But what exactly is the scientific
    method? Does science really off er insight into the nature of
    the world and the interactions of humans?

    Exploring Humans examines how philosophers have struggled
    with these questions. The book highlights their influence on
    thinking about social sciences such as economics, psychology
    and sociology. By presenting cases and reassessing the
    traditions of pragmatism and naturalism, it explores and
    defends the idea that science does indeed off er the most
    accurate account of humans and the world.

    In this revised edition, the reader not only finds numerous
    updates, further clarifications, and additional topics, but
    also four philosophy of science cases in the domain of law,
    and a new final chapter which explicitly defends the claim
    that, across the board, science is the only reliable source of
    information for ‘exploring humans’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    Number of pages656
    ISBN (Print)9789024441112
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Philosophy of science
    • Epistemology


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