PHIL 511 - Philosophy of Social Science
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course provides an examination of the logic of social science research and theory through the writings of social scientists and philosophers. The emphasis is on comparative and qualitative forms of social science and theory. The philosophy of social science is a discipline that analyzes the logic, methodology, modes of explanation, and methods of inquiry of the social sciences. The past twenty years have witnessed an explosion of valuable debate about foundational issues in sociology and other social sciences. The course is based on the assumption that social research and theory will benefit from a better understanding of the conceptual and methodological issues that arise in the conduct of social science research. Central topics will include social ontology, the role of theories of the actor, theories of causal mechanisms and powers, the theory of critical realism, assemblage theory, the position of ontological individualism, and the nature of the social. The course will make use of recent writings by such social scientists and philosophers as Brian Epstein, Neil Fligstein, Doug McAdam, Roy Bhaskar, Peter Hedstrom, Erving Goffman, Manuel DeLanda, and Daniel Little as we explore recent debates about the foundations of social science research and theory. Course requirements. Student performance will be evaluated on the basis of class participation and written work. Students will be asked to lead discussion of a topic several times during the semester. Two papers (12-15 pages); regular class participation and presentation. I expect you to be prepared to discuss course readings on the assigned date.

PHIL 511 - Philosophy of Social Science
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001 (SEM)
M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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