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Introduction: Doing Philosophy of Social Science

Harold Kincaid

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392753
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195392753.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Introduction: Doing Philosophy of Social Science

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This article reviews the changes in the philosophy of the social sciences, arguing that there have been significant advances in the thinking about the social world. In addition, it defines the frameworks and issues that motivate the kind of philosophy of social science and social science. The developments in the philosophy of science are introduced. The interest in causality was directly parallel to the interest in complex causality, which is used in various ways, but some standard notions are thresholds, conjunctive causes, and necessary causes. The directed acyclic graph (DAG) framework suffers in situations where the causal effect of one factor depends on the value of another. The formalism of DAG models can be a hindrance to recognizing causal complexities.

Keywords: philosophy; social science; causality; directed acyclic graph; causal complexities

Article.  7359 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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