On Social Evolution: Phenomenon and Paradigm

1st Edition

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Routledge
March 25, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367436278 - CAT# 341474

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Summary

Tang provides a coherent and systematic exploration of social evolution as a phenomenon and as a paradigm. He critically builds on existing discussions on social evolution, while drawing from a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, the philosophy of social sciences, and evolutionary biology.

Clarifying the relationship between biological evolution and social evolution, Tang lays bare the ontological and epistemological principles of the Social Evolutionary Paradigm. He also presents operational principles and tools for deploying this paradigm to understand empirical puzzles about human society.

This is a vital resource for students, practitioners and philosophers of all social sciences.

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