"Finding Philosophy in Social Science" by Mario Bunge

Finding Philosophy in Social Science Mario Bunge

Publication date:
28 Aug 1996
448 pages: 234 x 156 x 25mm
black & white illustrations

This book takes a fresh, unorthodox look at the key philosophical concepts and assumptions of the social sciences. Eminent philosopher of science Mario Bunge argues that none of the best known philosophies helps to advance or even understand social science, and he proposes a particular union of rationalism, realism, and systemism as the logical and viable stance for social science practitioners.

"This book is required reading to understand relations between philosophy and the social sciences."?Bruce G. Trigger, American Journal of Archaeology

"This work should play a major role in guiding the course of the social sciences toward a much needed strengthening of its foundations, tasks, and responsibilities."?B. B. Price, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"A philosophical tour de force anatomizing social science for our time. Lucid, wide-ranging, tough-minded, provocative, and deeply knowing, it is a fine successor to Ernest Nagel's treatise of generations ago."?Robert K. Merton, Columbia University

"Along with the sharpness and clarity of Bunge's thought, the detailed name and subject indexes make this an excellent reference work for philosophers of science and for students and scholars in the social sciences who must deal with the philosophical minefields that litter their chosen disciplines."?Choice

"[A] brilliantly argued book, easily the most impressive work of its kind to appear in many years. . . . [It] should be required reading for all advanced graduate students in the social sciences and philosophy."?Martin F. Farrell, Perspectives on Political Science

?A handsome ?all-things-Walden? edition, copiously annotated by Jeffrey S. Cramer, curator of collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods.??Michael Kenney, Boston Sunday Globe