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Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Gurpreet Mahajan

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ISBN 10: 0198076975 / ISBN 13: 9780198076971
Published by Oxford University Press, 2011
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Social scientists explain events by identifying reasons and causes Occasionally they weave a series of events into a historical narrative What is entailed in each kind of explanation What form of explanation is adequate for the social sciences In this lucid book Gurpreet Mahajan surveys each of the major forms of inquiry hermeneutic understanding narrative reason-action and causal explanation to examine how each method changes our perceptions of social reality The third edition includes a new Preface that discusses some recent shifts in the conceptualization of the social sciences. Bookseller Inventory # 95370

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Title: Explanation and Understanding in the Human ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: pbk

Edition: Third Edition

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The book surveys the major forms of inquiry in the social sciences, including hermeneutic understanding, narrative, reason-action, and causal explanation, to examine how each method changes our perception of social reality. This edition includes a new Preface that discusses the evolution in social sciences since over the last twenty years

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Gurpreet Mahajan is Professor, Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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