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Do we need mechanisms in the social sciences?

Reiss, Julian (2007) Do we need mechanisms in the social sciences? Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 37 (2). pp. 163-184. ISSN 1552-7441

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0048393107299686


A recent movement in the social sciences and philosophy of the social sciences focuses on mechanisms as a central analytical unit. Starting from a pluralistperspective on the aims of the social sciences, I argue that there are a number of important aims to which knowledge about mechanisms—whatever their virtues relative to other aims—contributes very little at best and that investigating mechanisms is therefore a methodological strategy with fairly limited applicability.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Sage Publications
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2011 11:09
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 03:33

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