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Preface to the Second Edition.- Introduction to the First Edition.- Empiricism and Positivism in Science.- Some Problems of Empiricism and Positivism.- Science, Nature and Society: Some Alternatives to Empiricism.- Interpretive Approaches 1: Instrumental Rationality.- Interpretive Approaches 2: Rationality as Rule-Following: Cultures, Traditions and Hermeneutics.- Interpretive Approaches 3: Critical Rationality.- Critical Realism and the Social Sciences.- Feminism, Knowledge and Society.- Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism.- Conclusion: In Defence of Philosophy.- Commentary on Recent Developments.- Appendix I: Personal Conclusions.- Appendix II: Obituary for Professor Ian Craib.- Glossary.- Bibliography.- Index.

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Reviews for the 1st Edition: 'Informative, comprehensive and accessible to a wide audience: this is how Benton and Craib's introduction to the philosophy of social science compares with current manuals in the field.' - British Journal of Sociology 'Laudably clear and concise...a first rate collaboration with a seamless quality.' - Choice

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TED BENTON Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. He is the esteemed author of many books, including Philosophical Foundations of the Three Sociologies, The Rise and Fall of Structural Marxism and Natural Relations: Ecology, Animal Rights and Social Justice.

IAN CRAIB sometime Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK, until his death in 2002. He was a prominent sociologist and the author of numerous books, including Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas and Classical Social Theory.

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Reviews for the 1st Edition: 'Informative, comprehensive and accessible to a wide audience: this is how Benton and Craib's introduction to the philosophy of social science compares with current manuals in the field.' - British Journal of Sociology 'Laudably clear and concise...a first rate collaboration with a seamless quality.' - Choice

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