Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology: A Volume in the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science Series

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Elsevier, 2011 M08 12 - 900 pages
This volume concerns philosophical issues that arise from the practice of anthropology and sociology. The essays cover a wide range of issues, including traditional questions in the philosophy of social science as well as those specific to these disciplines. Authors attend to the historical development of the current debates and set the stage for future work.

· Comprehensive survey of philosophical issues in anthropology and sociology
· Historical discussion of important debates
· Applications to current research in anthropology and sociology

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Part II Individualism and Holism
Part III Anthropology Culture and Interpretation
Part IV Rationality and Normativity
Part V Critical Approaches

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Page 402 - Civilization, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.
Page 56 - is the endeavour to frame a coherent, logical, necessary system of general ideas in terms of which every element of our experience can be interpreted.
Page 833 - our' problem is how to have simultaneously an account of radical historical contingency for all knowledge claims and knowing subjects, a critical practice for recognizing our own 'semiotic technologies' for making meanings, and a no-nonsense commitment to faithful accounts of a 'real...
Page 462 - Thus, the constructs of the social sciences are, so to speak, constructs of the second degree, namely constructs of the constructs made by the actors on the social scene, whose behavior the social scientist has to observe and to explain in accordance with the procedural rules of his science.
Page 462 - By a series of commonsense constructs they have pre-selected and pre-interpreted this world which they experience as the reality of their daily lives. It is these thought objects of theirs which determine their behavior by motivating it.
Page 766 - The knowing self is partial in all its guises, never finished, whole, simply there and original; it is always constructed and stitched together imperfectly, and therefore able to join with another, to see together without claiming to be another.
Page 256 - It is quite otherwise if the coexisting individuals are of different species or varieties. As they do not feed in the same manner, and do not lead the same kind of life, they do not disturb each other.
Page 144 - You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can not [sic two separate words] fool all the people all of the time...
Page 573 - Respect for differences between cultures is validated by the scientific fact that no technique of qualitatively evaluating cultures has been discovered.

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Dov M. Gabbay is Augustus De Morgan Professor Emeritus of Logic at the Group of Logic, Language and Computation, Department of Computer Science, King's College London. He has authored over four hundred and fifty research papers and over thirty research monographs. He is editor of several international Journals, and many reference works and Handbooks of Logic.

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