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Towards a Postdisciplinary Framework

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Social Science in Question by Mark J. Smith
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After tracing the story of modern science and its impact on social scientific practice, the author outlines and critically reviews the major approaches to social scientific enquiry, ranging from positivism to postmodernism. The core dilemmas of the philosophy of social sciences are readdressed in the light of contemporary debates on: perception and imagination; detachment and involvement; simplicity and complexity; representation and reality; subjectivity and objectivity. The book is published as a course book for the Open University postgraduate foundation module, "Challenge of the Social Sciences" (D820).

Author Biography

Mark J Smith is a Lecturer in Social Sciences at the Open University.
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September 29th, 1998
Country of Publication
United States
SAGE Publications Inc
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