Measuring the Intentional World: Realism, Naturalism, and Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

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Scientific realism has been advanced as an interpretation of the natural sciences but never the behavioral sciences. This exciting book introduces a novel version of scientific realism--Measured Realism--that characterizes the kind of theoretical progress in the social and psychological sciences that is uneven but indisputable. Trout proposes a theory of measurement--Population-Guided Estimation--that connects natural, psychological, and social scientific inquiry. Presenting quantitative methods in the behavioral sciences as at once successful and regulated by the world, Measuring the Intentional World will engage philosophers of science, historians of science, sociologists of science, and scientists interested in the foundations of their own disciplines.
Autor: J. D. Trout
J.D. Trout is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Parmly Hearing Institute at Loyola University in Chicago. He is co-author of The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction (OUP, 1998) and co-editor of Comtemporary Materialism (with Paul Moser) and The Philosophy of Science (with Richard Boyd and Philip Gasper).

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Autor: J. D. Trout
ISBN-13 :: 9780195166590
ISBN: 0195166590
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.04.2003
Verlag: OXFORD UNIV PR
Gewicht: 449g
Seiten: 304
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage Revised
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 235x153x20 mm
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