Revitalizing Causality

Author: Ruth Groff
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134193661
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This cutting edge collection of new and previously published articles by philosophers and social scientists addresses just what it means to invoke causal mechanisms, or powers, in the context of offering a causal explanation. A unique collection, it offers the reader various disciplinary and inter-disciplinary divides, helping to stake out a new, neo-Aristotelian position within contemporary debate.

Critical Realism History and Philosophy in the Social Sciences

Author: Timothy Rutzou
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1787566056
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This volume examines the relationship between history, philosophy, and social science, and contributors explore questions concerning realism, ontology, causation, explanation, and values in order to address the question “what does a post-positivist social science look like?”

Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology

Author: Tuukka Kaidesoja
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135014175
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This important book provides detailed critiques of the method of transcendental argumentation and the transcendental realist account of the concept of causal power that are among the core tenets of the bhaskarian version of critical realism. Kaidesoja also assesses the notions of human agency, social structure and emergence that have been advanced by prominent critical realists, including Roy Bhaskar, Margaret Archer and Tony Lawson. The main line of argument in this context indicates that the uses of these concepts in critical realism involve ambiguities and problematic anti-naturalist presuppositions. As a whole, these arguments are intended to show that to avoid these ambiguities and problems, critical realist social ontology should be naturalized. This not only means that transcendental arguments for ontological doctrines are firmly rejected and the notion of causal power interpreted in a non-transcendental realist way. Naturalization of the critical realist social ontology also entails that many of the core concepts of this ontology should be modified so that attention is paid to the ontological presuppositions of various non-positivist explanatory methods and research practices in the current social sciences as well as to new approaches in recent cognitive and neurosciences. In addition of providing a detailed critique of the original critical realism, the book develops a naturalized version of the critical realist social ontology that is relevant to current explanatory practices in the social sciences. In building this ontology, Kaidesoja selectively draws on Mario Bunge’s systemic and emergentist social ontology, William Wimsatt’s gradual notion of ontological emergence and some recent approaches in cognitive science (i.e. embodied, situated and distributed cognition). This naturalized social ontology rejects transcendental arguments in favor of naturalized arguments and restricts the uses of the notion of causal power to concrete systems, including social systems of various kinds. It is also compatible with a naturalized version of scientific realism as well as many successful explanatory practices in the current social sciences. By employing the conceptual resources of this ontology, Kaidesoja explicates many of the basic concepts of social ontology and social theory, including social system, social mechanism, social structure, social class and social status.

Capital as a Social Kind

Author: Howard Engelskirchen
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136810471
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Capital as a Social Kind provides an introduction to social kinds in social theory. Thinking about kinds, the way we sort the things of the world into categories -- water, for example, is a natural kind – has made an important contribution to our understanding of science in the last half century, but these advances have been largely applicable to the natural, rather than the social sciences. Drawing on the rich examples offered by Marx’s analysis of capital and exploring a methodology that will be of interest to both Marxist and non-Marxist social theorists alike, Capital as a Social Kind extends this approach to the study of social life. The book argues that, provoked by his study of Aristotle, Marx’s attentions foreshadowed contemporary themes in the realist philosophy of science. Importantly, social kind analysis is relevant not only to understanding his critique of political economy but illuminates also a materialist study of law, justice, morality and the transition to socialism. Social kind analysis also opens a path for the development of today’s moral realism by suggesting the need for a systematic study of the causal structures of social life. In this respect the importance of normative themes in Marxism is defended against claims that the Marxist tradition lacks the resources to call capitalism unjust or to defend morality and human rights. The origin of capital, Marx suggests, can be found in the rupture of an original unity between the laborer and the means of labor, and the book explores the way a structure of separations best characterizes capital as a social kind. This uncovers a little developed emphasis in Marx’s work – his focus on the phenomena of separation that define our lives and also on forms of association required to transcend them. Given that capitalism has made the instruments of labor instruments of social labor, forms of association that would recover worker control over them must be democratic. The transition to socialism, the book concludes, is just winning the battle of democracy. This book will be of interest to students and researchers of economics, philosophy and indeed any social science subject.

Why knowledge matters in curriculum

Author: Leesa Wheelahan
ISBN: 9780415483186
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What should we teach in our schools and vocational education and higher education institutions? Is theoretical knowledge still important? This book argues that providing students with access to knowledge should be the raison d " tre of education. Its premise is that access to knowledge is an issue of social justice because society uses it to conduct its debates and controversies. Theoretical knowledge is increasingly marginalised in curriculum in all sectors of education, particularly in competency-based training which is the dominant curriculum model in vocational education in many countries. This book uses competency-based training to explore the negative consequences that arise when knowledge is displaced in curriculum in favour of a focus on workplace relevance. The book takes a unique approach by using the sociology of Basil Bernstein and the philosophy of critical realism as complementary modes of theorising to extend and develop social realist arguments about the role of knowledge in curriculum. Both approaches are increasingly influential in education and the social sciences and the book will be helpful for those seeking an accessible introduction to these complex subjects. Why Knowledge Matters in Curriculumis a key reading for those interested in the sociology of education, curriculum studies, work-based learning, vocational education, higher education, adult and community education, tertiary education policy and lifelong learning more broadly.

Let them eat junk

Author: Robert Albritton
Publisher: Pluto Pr
ISBN: 9780745328065
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A thorough explanation of how the capitalist system creates simultaneous hunger and obesity.

Anatomie des Sozialen Prinzipien der analytischen Soziologie

Author: Peter Hedström
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783531153971
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Einer der weltweit führenden Soziologen, Peter Hedström, zeichnet die Grundlagen einer analytischen Soziologie nach. Er argumentiert für eine erklärende Soziologie, die Theorie und Empirie miteinander verbindet.

Revitalizing Criminological Theory

Author: Steve Hall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317800486
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This book provides a short, comprehensive and accessible introduction to Ultra-Realism: a unique and radical school of criminological thought that has been developed by the authors over a number of years. After first outlining existing schools of thought, their major intellectual flaws and their underlying politics in a condensed guide that will be invaluable to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, Hall and Winlow introduce a number of important new concepts to criminology and suggest a new philosophical foundation, theoretical framework and research programme. These developments will enhance the discipline’s ability to explain human motivations, construct insightful representations of reality and answer the fundamental question of why some human beings risk inflicting harm on others to further their own interests or achieve various ends. Combining new philosophical and psychosocial approaches with a clear understanding of the shape of contemporary global crime, this book presents an intellectual alternative to the currently dominant paradigms of conservatism, neoclassicism and left-liberalism. In using an advanced conception of "harm", Hall and Winlow provide original explanations of criminal motivations and make the first steps towards a paradigm shift that will help criminology to illuminate the reality of our times. This book is essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of criminology, sociology, criminological theory, social theory, the philosophy of social sciences and the history of crime.

Lebenswelt und Wissenschaft

Author: Carl F Gethmann
Publisher: Meiner Verlag
ISBN: 3787323996
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Unter dem Titel "Lebenswelt und Wissenschaft" hat der XXI. Deutsche Kongreß für Philosophie (Essen 2008) Fragen thematisiert, die an der Nahtstelle von philosophischem Denken und fachwissenschaftlichen Forschungen einerseits sowie philosophischem Denken und aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Problemlagen andererseits liegen. Das Kongreßthema spielte unübersehbar auf Husserls Krisis-Schrift an, in der das Verhältnis von Lebenswelt und Wissenschaft mit Blick auf die Fragen der theoretischen Philosophie als Begründungsverhältnis, mit Blick auf die Fragen der praktischen Philosophie als Aufklärungsverhältnis expliziert wurde. Im Verhältnis von Lebenswelt und Wissenschaft sah Husserl das Fundament des "Europäischen Menschentums", d. h. die Basis für die Selbstverständigung einer wissenschaftlich-technischen Kultur über ihre theoretischen und praktischen Grundlagen. Fragestellungen des angesprochenen Typs werden heute gemeinhin unter den Titel der "Angewandten Ethik" oder "Angewandten Philosophie " subsumiert. Dazu gehören die Themengruppen des technischen Handelns, des Umgangs mit der Natur und der medizinischen Ethik. Diese drei Bereiche haben im Kongreßprogramm eine wichtige Rolle gespielt. Unter Rückgriff auf eine von Hermann Krings eingeführte Redeweise können diese Fragen den exoterischen Aufgaben der Philosophie in Abgrenzung zu den esoterischen Aufgaben zugeordnet werden. Der Kongreß hatte somit auch das Ziel, der Gesellschaft und der Öffentlichkeit zu demonstrieren, was die professionelle Philosophie für die Gesellschaft durch ihr Denken "tut". Der Band enthält alle Beiträge zu den Kolloquien des Kongresses so wie die Texte der öffentlichen Abendvorträge von Jürgen Habermas, Wolfram Hogrebe und Julian Nida-Rümelin.