Chapter 3. Philosophy of the Social Sciences

  1. Professor Bryan S. Turner Professor
  1. Patrick Baert DPhil Senior Lecturer Fellow Director Vice-President and
  2. Fernando Domínguez Rubio doctoral candidate visiting scholar

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch3

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

How to Cite

Baert, P. and Rubio, F. D. (2008) Philosophy of the Social Sciences, in The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (ed B. S. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Alona Evans Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169004

Online ISBN: 9781444304992



  • philosophy of social sciences - quasi-paradigmatic status;
  • naturalist and foundationalist models;
  • positivist promises;
  • falsificationism;
  • critical realism;
  • meaning, language, and critique;
  • hermeneutics;
  • Wittgensteinian philosophy;
  • moving away from naturalism and foundationalism;
  • philosophy and anti-foundationalism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Naturalist and Foundationalist Models

  • Meaning, Language, and Critique

  • Further Moves Away from Naturalism and Foundationalism

  • Some Concluding Remarks

  • Bibliography