What is science and how does it differ from non-science and pseudoscience? Is there a distinctive scientific method? Does applying the scientific method let us find out about reality? What is the methodological importance of scientific experimentation? Are the social sciences a genuine part of science? What role do intentions and individual action play in the explanation of social behavior? What explanatory role should appeals to values play in the social sciences? Are interpretive approaches to understanding people's behaviour, such as psychoanalysis, scientific? These are classic topics of philosophical debates about the nature of science and the social sciences which will be examined in this subject.
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School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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