This book covers a number of problems in the philosophy of social science. Each chapter deals with a relatively self-sufficient topic. But there is an underlying theme running through the book—a defence of the view that the social sciences can and ought to conform to the standards set by the natural sciences.


Social Science Natural Science Functional Explanation Underlying Theme Social Thinker 
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    D. Papineau, ‘Ideal Types and Empirical Theories’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 27 (1976).Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Papineau
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  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CambridgeUK

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