By Leonidas Tsilipakos
Departing from a priority with sure ’hard’ difficulties in social concept and focusing as a substitute at the theoretical techniques hired of their answer, particularly on how those concepts rely on what the writer calls the theoretical angle in the direction of language, this booklet considers even if those concepts, faraway from being critical courses to considering, may possibly in truth lead social theorists to misconceive the strategies constitutive of social existence. using the insights and perform of standard Language Philosophy, understood as encompassing the paintings of Wittgenstein, Ryle, Austin and their fans, readability and Confusion in Social conception finds the profound logical flaws in a number of the critical methodological techniques usually hired in social concept for facing innovations, delivering replacement techniques to social scientists and philosophers for tackling the conceptual concerns that experience so bedevilled social technology from its inception. A lucid explication of standard Language Philosophy and the aptitude that it deals for deepening and re-orienting theoretical paintings within the social sciences, this quantity, except being a problem to the influential serious Realist paradigm, constitutes a thorough critique of social theoretical cause. As such, it is going to entice social theorists and philosophers of social technological know-how, people with pursuits in examine tools and idea development, and an individual attracted to pondering sincerely approximately society.
Read or Download Clarity and Confusion in Social Theory: Taking Concepts Seriously PDF
Similar history & philosophy books
The Lord of Uraniborg is a finished biography of Tycho Brahe, father of recent astronomy, famed alchemist and littérateur of the sixteenth-century Danish Renaissance. Written in a full of life and fascinating kind, Victor Thoren's biography bargains fascinating views on Tycho's lifestyles and offers substitute analyses of just about each element of his clinical paintings.
Why does time move and area doesn't? Are there simply 3 dimensions? what's a quantum particle? Nick Huggett indicates that philosophy -- armed with an influence to investigate primary innovations and their courting to the human adventure -- has a lot to assert approximately those profound questions about the universe.
In Systematicity, Paul Hoyningen-Huene solutions the query "What is technological know-how? " by way of presenting that clinical wisdom is basically extraordinary from different kinds of data, specifically daily wisdom, via being extra systematic. "Science" is right here understood within the broadest attainable feel, encompassing not just the common sciences but in addition arithmetic, the social sciences, and the arts.
Doing Physics makes ideas of physics more straightforward to know by way of pertaining to them to daily wisdom. Addressing a few of the types and metaphors that physicists use to provide an explanation for the actual international, Martin H. Krieger describes the conceptual international of physics via analogies to economics, anthropology, theater, carpentry, mechanisms reminiscent of clockworks, and computing device instrument layout.
- Electromagnetic Theory Volume 1
- Daily Life in Medieval Europe (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)
- Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery
- Scientific Values and Civic Virtues
- The Psychophysical Ear: Musical Experiments, Experimental Sounds, 1840-1910 (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
- Principia: Vol. II: The System of the World
Extra info for Clarity and Confusion in Social Theory: Taking Concepts Seriously
3 In this book I am concerned with social theory as it pertains to sociological concerns. I am thus using ‘sociological theory’ and ‘social theory’ interchangeably. Chapter 1 Sociology and Ordinary Language Philosophy: A Dialogue The following dialogue1 provides an account of Ordinary Language Philosophy (OLP) and its relation to sociological theory and empirical research. Moreover, it attempts to pre-empt possible misconstruals by dealing with a number of standard objections that have been raised against OLP.
If they do they will find that many of the arguments that I make herein are identical with or constitute explications or elaborations of arguments that have been made therein. By clarifying OLP as a form of elucidation of the logic of language and applying it to social theory, however, I hope to defend Winch indirectly, in the sense that I will attempt to show how much purchase his central insights still have, namely his insights on understanding as expressed in the concepts a society employs, on the relationship between philosophy and social science, on the latter’s conflation of empirical and conceptual matters and on the embeddedness of logic in social activities.
A: Granted that there might be a connection between these traditionally philosophical questions, on the one hand, and social theory on the other. Still, that leaves empirical sociology out of the equation. B: Well, there is a sense in which sociology can pose distinct empirical problems although I am not so sure that what passes for empirical sociology does not actually involve what I have been calling ‘conceptual problems’. May I remind you that sociologists engage in ‘theoretically informed empirical research’ which implies that there is some contribution made by the theory to the understanding of what is researched and sometimes also by the research to the theory.