O N T H E S TAT E O F T H E D I S C I P L I N E David D. Laitin In The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences, a nicely miners but the contact with their world is at best indirect, as contained set of previously published analyses and polemics, Ian Shapiro (and his co-author Alexander Wendt) take on the role of Shapiro (and several co-authors) defend an approach to the philosophers, who we are told (p. 50) need not be worried about human sciences that is "problem-based" rather than "methodssaying true things about the world. Is this opening essay then not based".1 The essays stand against many in the humanities who a flight from reality? deny the possibility of systematic knowledge of causal mechaChapter 2, on the debate over rational choice that Shapiro nisms in or any serious engagement with the social world. And (and his collaborator Donald Green) instigated, is similarly they stand against many in the social sciences whose formalistic mired in methodological pilpul. This argument in this chapter is models are not put to serious empirical test, and therefore pressolely about a methodological debate instigated by the
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Jan 3, 2006
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