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The Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences; some critical and historical perspectives.

COHEN, I. Bernard (ed.).

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ISBN 10: 0792322231 / ISBN 13: 9780792322238
Published by Kluwer Academic, (1994)., Dordrecht, Boston, London:, 1994
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Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 150. 8vo. xxxvi, 403 pp. Index; underlining and penciling (by L. Pearce Williams). Blue cloth, dust-jacket; light wear to jacket extremities. Good. ISBN 0792322231 Contents: I. Bernard Cohen, An Analysis of Interactions between the Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences; Perspectives on the Relations between the Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences; Ian Hacking, How Numerical Sociology Began by Counting Suicides: From Medical Pathology to Social Pathology; Bernard-Pierre Lecuyer, Probabilistic Thinking, the Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences: Changing Configurations (1800â"1850); Some Influences of the Natural Sciences on the Social Sciences; I. Bernard Cohen, The Scientific Revolution and the Social Sciences; Noel M. Swerdlow, Blackstone's "Newtonian" Dissent; Margaret Schabas, From Political Economy to Market Mechanics: The Jevonian Moment in the History of Economics; Giuliano Pancaldi, The Technology of Nature: Marx's Thoughts on Darwin; Victor L. Hilts, Towards the Social Organism: Herbert Spencer and William B. Carpenter on the Analogical Method; Some Influences of the Social Sciences on the Natural Sciences; S. S. Schweber, Darwin and the Agronomists: An Influence of Political Economy on Scientific Thought; Camille Limoges, Milne-Edwards, Darwin, Durkheim and the Division of Labour: A Case Study in Reciprocal Conceptual Exchanges between the Social and the Natural Sciences; Theodore M. Porter, From Quetelet to Maxwell: Social Statistics and the Origins of Statistical Physics; Harvey Brooks, I. Bernard Cohen, A Conversation with Harvey Brooks on the Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences, and Public Policy â" Conducted by I. Bernard Cohen. Bookseller Inventory # BL4347

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Title: The Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences...

Publisher: Kluwer Academic, (1994)., Dordrecht, Boston, London:

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Natural Sciences and the Social Sciences contains a series of explorations of the different ways in which the social sciences have interacted with the natural sciences. Usually, such interactions are considered to go only `one way': from the natural to the social sciences. But there are several important essays in this volume which show how developments in the social sciences have affected the natural sciences - even the `hard' science of physics. Other essays deal with various types of interaction since the Scientific Revolution.
In his general introductory chapter, Cohen sets some general themes concerning analogies and homologies and the use of metaphors, drawing specific examples from the use of concepts of physics by marginalist economists and of developments in the life sciences by organismic sociologists. The remaining chapters, which explore the different ways in which the social sciences and the natural sciences have actually interacted, are written by leaders in the field of history of science, drawn from a wide range of countries and disciplines.
The book will be of great interest to all historians of science, philosophers interested in questions of methodology, economists and sociologists, and all social scientists concerned with the history of their subject and its foundations.

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