The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences Ian Shapiro

ISBN: 9780691120577

Published: August 28th 2005

Hardcover

232 pages


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The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences  by  Ian Shapiro

The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences by Ian Shapiro
August 28th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 232 pages | ISBN: 9780691120577 | 4.53 Mb

In this captivating yet troubling book, Ian Shapiro offers a searing indictment of many influential practices in the social sciences and humanities today. Perhaps best known for his critique of rational choice theory, Shapiro expands his purviewMoreIn this captivating yet troubling book, Ian Shapiro offers a searing indictment of many influential practices in the social sciences and humanities today.

Perhaps best known for his critique of rational choice theory, Shapiro expands his purview here. In discipline after discipline, he argues, scholars have fallen prey to inward-looking myopia that results from--and perpetuates--a flight from reality. In the method-driven academic culture we inhabit, argues Shapiro, researchers too often make display and refinement of their techniques the principal scholarly activity.

The result is that they lose sight of the objects of their study. Pet theories and methodological blinders lead unwelcome facts to be ignored, sometimes not even perceived. The targets of Shapiros critique include the law and economics movement, overzealous formal and statistical modeling, various reductive theories of human behavior, misguided conceptual analysis in political theory, ...



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