Social Functions in Philosophy: Metaphysical, Normative, and Methodological Perspectives

1st Edition

Rebekka Hufendiek, Daniel James, Raphael van Riel

June 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138351325 - CAT# K395289
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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Social functions and functional explanations play a prominent role not only in our everyday reasoning but also in classical as well as contemporary social theory and empirical social research. This volume explores metaphysical, normative, and methodological perspectives on social functions and functional explanations in the social sciences. It aims to push the philosophical debate on social functions forward along new investigative lines by including up-to-date discussions of the metaphysics of social functions, questions concerning the nature of functional explanations within the social domain, and various applications of functionalist theorising. As such, this is one of the first collections to exclusively address a variety of philosophical questions concerning the nature and relevance of social functions.

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