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INTRODUCTION

Authored by: Lee McIntyre , Alex Rosenberg

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138825758
eBook ISBN: 9781315410098
Adobe ISBN: 9781315410081

10.4324/9781315410098.ch101

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Abstract

The philosophy of social science has long been the younger sibling of the philosophy of natural science, living in its shadow in much the same way that the social sciences have historically measured their success against the natural sciences. As a branch of the philosophy of science, we often find issues in the philosophy of social science covered in one or two entries on “individual sciences” in the larger anthologies, along with the philosophy of physics, biology, and—more recently—chemistry. This is welcome but, given the scope of the social sciences and the important philosophical issues they raise, insufficient. You hold in your hands the solution: The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science.

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