What Holism Can Do for Social Theory

1st Edition

Barbara Hanson

Routledge
Published March 7, 2018
Reference
ISBN 9781138485037 - CAT# K349280
Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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Summary

This book reconsiders the nature of positivist philosophy in social science theory based on classical and medieval thought in what later became "Europe." It argues that social theory is being held back by antagonistic debates over science, positivism, objectivity, and universal law - debates which appear unnecessary, narrow, and acontextual when their origins are examined. Positing that solutions to these impasses can be found by moving to alternative holistic epistemology, and looking at issues in terms of interrelations rather than parts, the book shows the promise of a social theory that provides a unit of analysis that mediates between local and global relations.

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