Semantics and Social Science
Routledge – 2010 – 194 pages
Series: Routledge Revivals
Originally published in 1980, this book examines the major issues in the philosophy of social science, paying specific attention to cross-cultural understanding, humanism versus scientism, individualism versus collectivism, and the shaping of theory by evaluative commitment. Arguing for a cross-cultural conception of human beings, the authors defend humanism and individualism, and reject the notion that social inquiry is necessarily vitiated by an adherence to values.
1. Cross-cultural Understanding 2. The Understanding of Individuals: Humanism Versus Scientism 3. The Understanding of Institutions: Individualism Versus Collectivism 4. Truth and Value