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"Bishop's book is a very well executed textbook, perfectly suited for undergraduate courses or, if supplemented with additional material, graduate courses. It is geared towards students all the way through i.e., rather than being a textbook written to impress one's colleagues! There are useful 'further study' questions at the end of each chapter that are both perfect for self-study and for use by instructors (to base tutorials around, for example). Recommended readings, pitched at the right level, also follow each chapter...It describes itself as 'the definitive companion', and I think it rally is...I shall certainly use Bishop's book for courses on the philosophy of social sciences." -Dean Rickles, Philosophy in Review

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Dr Robert C. Bishop is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and has published widely in the philosophy of social science, psychology and science.

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Philosophy of the Social Sciences - An Introduction 27 Jun 2011
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This book should be useful for anyone interested in an introduction to the social sciences whether undergraduate, postgraduate, or researcher - the main arguments and issues are introduced and discussed. The role that Western cultural values play in social science research is examined illuminating just how pervasive ethical ideals and assumptions can be in research practices. A further comparison of the natural and social sciences is given so that the reader can get a good sense of their similarities and differences.
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If you want to trail your coat in social science 2 Mar 2009
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This is one of those tour guide books that familiarizes the student with lot of names and terms from social science. It covers a vast amount of territory in a way that probably suffices for first degree students in social science. Whether they remember any of the labels after sitting exams is another matter. But, be warned, it's of little use in a philosophy degree course, nor will it equip the student to read the current literature, or even TLS articles on the subject.
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