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  1. Book Review 9 items
    To demonstrate critical comphrehension of our philosophy of social science readings, you are required to write a 1500 word review essay of a book selected from the list below:
    1. The logic of scientific discovery - Karl R. Popper 1968

      Book  Previous editions also available in the Library.

    2. The social construction of reality: a treatise in the sociology of knowledge - Peter L. Berger, Thomas Luckmann 1991

      Book  Previous editions also available in the Library.

    3. The idea of a social science and its relation to philosophy - Peter Winch 2008

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    4. Knowledge and human interests - Jürgen Habermas, Jeremy Joel Shapiro (trans) 1972

      Book 

    5. The science question in feminism - Sandra G. Harding 1986

      Book 

    6. Philosophy and the mirror of nature - Richard Rorty 2009

      Book  Previous editions also available in the Library.

  2. Recommended Texts 6 items
    The module does not draw on any one textbook, but if you were to buy one, I would suggest one of the following:
    1. Designing social inquiry: scientific inference in qualitative research - Gary King, Robert O. Keohane, Sidney Verba 1994

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. The idea of a social science and its relation to philosophy - Peter Winch 2008

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

  3. Journals 9 items
    You are strongly encouraged to consult the relevant academic journals in your field and in the wider area of social science and philosophy, such as:
    1. Isis (electronic journal)

      Journal 

  4. Background Reading 16 items
    There are no formal prerequisites for taking the course, but knowledge of at least some social science and of some basic philosophy of science will be helpful.
    1. Philosophy of natural science - Carl Gustav Hempel 1966

      Book  Provides a good introduction to the philosophy of science, albeit now rather dated.

    2. For those without a strong philosophical background, I recommend either Rosenberg or Hollis. Both provide a readable introduction to the philosophy of social science, although the overall argument of Hollis can be unclear at times. Note also that Rosenberg's discussion is idiosyncratic in a few places:

    3. Philosophy of social science - Alexander Rosenberg 1995

      Book 

    4. The Philosophy of economics: an anthology - Daniel M. Hausman 1984

      Book  Another useful text, see the introduction.

    5. The Return of grand theory in the human sciences - Quentin Skinner 1985

      Book  Contains accessible pieces on contemporary social theorists.

    6. The history and philosophy of social science - Scott Gordon 1991

      Book  Gives an account of the history of both the social sciences and methodological debates surrounding them.

    7. Varieties of social explanation: an introduction to the philosophy of social science - Daniel Little 1991

      Book  Covers a lot of ground in the philosophy of social science, although it assumes that the only 'appropriate' form of explanation is causal explanation.

    8. More recent collections include:

    9. In addition, various encyclopaedias of philosophy can be very useful:

    10. The Oxford companion to philosophy - Ted Honderich 2005

      Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book. Good and relatively inexpensive.

    11. Routledge encyclopedia of philosophy (electronic bibliographic database)

      Website  Excellent.

    12. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

      Website  Contains a number of extremely detailed articles on a variety of topics.

  5. Week 1: Introductions 1 item
    There is only one reading for this week, an entertaining chapter that is written in dialogic form to help us kick off our discussions and hopefully establish a dialogic learning community. We will also use this session to discuss the substance and procedure of the module; and aspects of the history of the social sciences.
    1. Required Reading 1 item
  6. Week 2: The Idea of Social Science 15 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. Philosophy of the social sciences: towards pragmatism - Patrick Baert 2005

        Book Essential Chapter 1.

    2. Further Reading 13 items
      1. Designing social inquiry: scientific inference in qualitative research - Gary King, Robert O. Keohane, Sidney Verba 1994

        Book  Chapters 1-2. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Theory and evidence in comparative politics and international relations - Richard Ned Lebow, Mark Irving Lichbach 2007 (electronic book)

        Book  Chapters 1-3.

      3. The Idea of a Social Science - Alasdair MacIntyre

        Chapter 

      4. Readings from Emile Durkheim - Emile Durkheim, Kenneth Thompson 2004

        Book 

      5. Case studies and theory development in the social sciences - Alexander L. George, Andrew Bennett 2005

        Book 

  7. Week 3: Max Weber and The Vocation of a Social Scientist 12 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. From Max Weber: essays in sociology - Max Weber, Hans Heinrich Gerth (trans.), C. Wright Mills (trans.) 2009 (electronic book)

        Book Essential See 'Science as a vocation' and 'Politics as a vocation'.

      2. Max Weber, magic, and the politics of social scientific objectivity - Tracy Strong

        Chapter Essential Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Further Reading 10 items
      1. Weberian sociological theory - Randall Collins 1986

        Book 

      2. Weber: a short introduction - Gianfranco Poggi 2006

        Book 

      3. Max Weber: a biography - Joachim Radkau, Patrick Camiller 2009

        Book 

      4. The Cambridge companion to Weber - Stephen P. Turner 2000

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

      5. Economy and society: an outline of interpretive sociology - Max Weber, Guenther Roth (trans.), Claus Wittich (trans.) 1978

        Book  See chapter 1, 'The Logic of Social Action', especially §1. Available in the Library and as an e-book via Internet Archive.

      6. The methodology of the social sciences - Max Weber, Edward Shils (trans.), Henry A. Finch (trans.) 1949

        Book  See 'Objectivity in Social Science and Public Policy' and 'The Logic of the Historical Sciences', part II.

  8. Week 4: Positivism and Its Critics 17 items
    1. Required Reading 3 items
      1. The structure of scientific revolutions - Thomas S. Kuhn, Ian Hacking 2012

        Book Essential

      2. Philosophy of the social sciences: towards pragmatism - Patrick Baert 2005

        Book Essential Chapter 3.

    2. Further Reading 14 items
      1. The positivist dispute in German sociology - Theodor W. Adorno, Glyn Adey, David Frisby 1976

        Book 

      2. Clouds, Clocks, and the Study of Politics - Gabriel A. Almond, Stephen J. Genco 1977

        Article 

      3. Positivist sociology and its critics - Peter Halfpenny, Peter McMylor 1994

        Book 

      4. The philosophy of social science: an introduction - Martin Hollis 2002

        Book  Chapters 2-5.

      5. Social theory as science - Russell Keat, John Urry 1982

        Book 

      6. Positivist philosophy: from Hume to the Vienna Circle - Leszek Kolakowski, Norbert Guterman 1972

        Book 

      7. The legacy of positivism - Michael Singer 2005 (electronic book)

        Book 

  9. Week 5: The Invasion of Economic Man - Rational Choice Theory 13 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
    2. Further Reading 11 items
      1. Rational choice theory - Peter Abell 1991

        Book 

      2. Rational choice theory: advocacy and critique - James Samuel Coleman, Thomas J. Fararo 1992

        Book 

      3. Rational choice - Jon Elster 1986

        Book 

      4. Rationality and relativism - Martin Hollis, Steven Lukes 1982

        Book 

      5. Rationality and Game Theory - Cristina Biccheri

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      6. The Rational Design of International Institutions - Barbara Koremenos, Charles Lipson, Duncan Snidal 2001

        Article 

  10. Week 6: The Debate over Critical Realism 15 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. Philosophy of the social sciences: towards pragmatism - Patrick Baert 2005

        Book Essential Chapter 4.

    2. Further Reading 13 items
      1. Critical realism: essential readings - Margaret Scotford Archer 1998

        Book 

      2. The construction of reality - Michael A. Arbib, Mary B. Hesse 1986

        Book 

      3. The scientific image - Bas C. Van Fraassen 1980

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

  11. Week 7: Interpretive Social Science 15 items
    1. Required Reading 4 items
      1. Human Nature and Human History - R. G. Collingwood 1994

        Chapter Essential Digitised.

      2. Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture - Clifford Geertz

        Chapter Essential Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Further Reading 11 items
      1. Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight - Clifford Geertz

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Introduction to the human sciences - Wilhelm Dilthey, Rudolf A. Makkreel (ed.), Frithjof Rodi (ed.) 1989

        Book  See the preface and chapters 1-6. Available in the Library and online.

      3. There is no such thing as a social science: in defence of Peter Winch - Phil Hutchinson, Rupert J. Read, W. W. Sharrock 2008

        Book 

      4. Modern social imaginaries - Charles Taylor 2004

        Book 

      5. Societies: evolutionary and comparative perspectives - Talcott Parsons 1966 (electronic book)

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book

  12. Week 8: Gender and the Social Sciences 11 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. An introduction to sociology: feminist perspectives - Pamela Abbott, Claire Wallace, Melissa Tyler 2005 (electronic book)

        Book Essential Chapters 1 and 13.

      2. Whose science? Whose knowledge?: thinking from women's lives - Sandra G. Harding 1991

        Book Essential Part II, 'Epistemology'. Chapter 5, 'What is feminist epistemology?' (digitised).

    2. Further Reading 9 items
      1. Feminist methodologies for international relations - Brooke A. Ackerly, Maria Stern, Jacqui True 2006

        Book 

      2. Beyond methodology: feminist scholarship as lived research - Mary Margaret Fonow, Judith A Cook 1991

        Book 

      3. Feminist methods in social research - Shulamit Reinharz, Lynn Davidman 1992

        Book 

      4. Feminist dilemmas in fieldwork - Diane L. Wolf, Carmen Diana Deere 1996

        Book 

      5. Revolutions in knowledge: feminism in the social sciences - Sue Rosenberg Zalk, Janice Gordon-Kelter 1992

        Book 

  13. Week 9: Critical Theory 13 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. Philosophy of the social sciences: towards pragmatism - Patrick Baert 2005

        Book Essential Chapter 5.

      2. Introduction to critical theory: Horkheimer to Habermas - David Held 1980

        Book Essential The chapter, 'The Concept of Critical Theory' has been digtised.

    2. Further Reading 11 items
      1. Knowledge and human interests - Jürgen Habermas, Jeremy Joel Shapiro 1972

        Book 

      2. Dialectic of enlightenment - Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, John Cumming (trans.) 1997

        Book 

      3. Habermas: a critical introduction - William Outhwaite 1994

        Book 

      4. The Cambridge companion to critical theory - Fred Leland Rush 2004

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

  14. Week 10: Poststructuralist Theory 34 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. Philosophy of the social sciences: towards pragmatism - Patrick Baert 2005

        Book Essential Chapters 6-7.

      2. Structuralism and poststructuralism - Hans Joas, Wolfgang Knöbl

        Chapter Essential Digitised.

    2. Further Reading 13 items
      1. Postmodernism and the social sciences - Doherty, Joe, Graham, Elspeth, Malek, M. 1992

        Book 

      2. Archaeology of knowledge - Michel Foucault 2002

        Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

      3. Using Foucault's methods - Gavin Kendall, Gary Wickham 1999

        Book 

    3. Week 11: New Materialisms 19 items
      1. Required Reading 2 items
        1. New materialisms: ontology, agency, and politics - Diana Coole, Samantha Frost 2010

          Book Essential ‘Introducing the New Materialisms’. pp. 1-46. (Available in the Library and as an e-book)

      2. Further Reading 17 items
        1. New materialism: interviews & cartographies - Rick Dolphijn, Iris van der Tuin 2012

          Book 

        2. The posthuman - Rosi Braidotti 2013

          Book 

        3. Simians, cyborgs and women: the reinvention of nature - Donna Jeanne Haraway 1991

          Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

        4. The politics of affect - Brian Massumi 2015

          Book 

        5. A world of becoming - William E. Connolly 2011

          Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

        6. After finitude: an essay on the necessity of contingency - Quentin Meillassoux, Ray Brassier, Alain Badiou 2009

          Book 

        7. Reassembling the social: an introduction to actor-network-theory - Bruno Latour 2005

          Book  Available in Library and as an e-book.

        8. Assemblage theory - Manuel De Landa 2016

          Book 

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