Introduction. 1. The Liberal Ideal. 2. Max Weber and the Methodology of the Social Sciences. 3. Theories of Development in Psychology and Political Science. 4. Functional Theories in Sociology and Biology. 5. Rational Choice Theories in Positive and Normative Economics. 6. Collecting Data in the Social Sciences. 7. Sorting Data into Kinds. 8. Explaining the Data. 9. The Fact/Vale Distinction. 10. Social Science and Perfectionism. Bibliography.
Michael Root is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota.
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