Social sciences, philosophy of

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-R047-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Although some of the topics and issues treated in the philosophy of social science are as old as philosophy itself (for example, the contrast between nature and convention and the idea of rationality are dealt with by Aristotle), the explicit emergence of a subdiscipline of philosophy with this name is a very recent phenomenon, which in turn may itself have stimulated greater philosophical activity in the area. Clearly, this emergence is tied to the development and growth of the social sciences themselves.

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Ruben, David-Hillel. Social sciences, philosophy of, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-R047-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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