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A History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences By Peter T. Manicas

A History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
by Peter T. Manicas

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Manicas argues that ideology is the defining characteristic of the social sciences in this critical review of the discipline. He contends that social science was originally based on a false ideal of science and that the historical assumptions of it are in general, too "Eurocentric".
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A History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences by Peter T. Manicas

This ambitious critical history of the variety of disciplines we group together as the social sciences argues that the defining characteristic of social science, both historically and in the present, is ideology. Based originally on a flawed ideal of science, the 'social sciences' have incorporated and refined a set of assumptions about the nature of state and society, assumptions which have been institutionalized with the growth of modern universities.The book is in three main parts. It deals firstly with the history of certain key ides from the early modern period (assessing thinkers from Hobbes and Marx to Hegel, Weber, and Kuhn), before exploring the institutional and social features which have shaped the emergence of modern social science. Manicas goes on to reveal the ideological component of mainstream social science, concluding by suggesting and alternative realist philosophy for the future.Rigorous in scholarship and engaging in presentation, the book offers a brilliant combination of wide-ranging historical scholarship and a firm location in the current theoretical dilemmas of the social sciences

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About Peter T. Manicas

Peter T. Manicas is Professor of Social Science at the University of Hawaii.

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Students in all social science disciplines.

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A History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences by Peter T. Manicas
Peter T. Manicas
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