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PPR310: Philosophy of the Human Sciences
Tutor: Dr Garrath Williams Not available 2014/15
This module considers key philosophical issues in the sciences of human societies and social structures, such as sociology, economics or history. As well as considering whether these subjects should be considered as sciences, strictly speaking, we look at a number of philosophical issue, such as those arising in the understanding of other societies (for instance, in anthropology), individualism versus collectivism in social explanation (for example, in sociology and history), and the scientific status of social models based on postulates of rational choice (for example, in economics and politics).
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.
N.B. Lectures for PPR310 will be shared with PPR203 this year. It is important that you check the lecture times for PPR203 and attend these lectures.
Alan Chalmers What is this thing called science? (Open University Press, 1999)
Brian Fay Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996)
Martin Hollis, The Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
Peter Winch The Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to Philosophy (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1958)
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