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The Disorder of Political Inquiry

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$72.50 • £58.95 • €65.50

ISBN 9780674016781

Publication Date: 06/30/2005


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Social Science Wars
    • Social Science Wars I
    • Social Science Wars II
    • Debating the Foundations of Political Science
    • Sciences of Uncertainty
  • I: Science Turned Upside Down
    • Philosophy, Foundationalism, and Linguistic Pragmatism
    • Rorty’s View of Natural Science
    • Conclusion
  • II: In Defense of Disunity
    • Pragmatic Naturalism and the Social Sciences
    • Hermeneutics Revisited
    • Conclusion
  • III: The Politics of Redescription
    • Redescription Applied
    • Contingency, Self-Creation, and Change
    • Redescription and Politics
    • Conclusion
  • IV: Reclaiming the Language of Emancipation
    • Roy Bhaskar’s Critical Realism
    • Critical Realism as a Philosophy for the Sciences
    • Critical Naturalism, and the Stakes of Social Inquiry
    • Ontology, Causation, and Social Criticism, and Social Criticism
    • Conclusion
  • V: Sciences that Disturb
    • Pierre Bourdieu’s “Fieldwork in Philosophy”
    • From the Practice of Theory to the Theory of Practice
    • Ordinary Violences
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion: Pluralism, Power, Perestroika, and Political Inquiry
    • Perestroika and Methodological Pluralism
    • Hegemonic Political Science and Methodological Monism
    • The Contest of Methodological Disunity
    • Revitalizing Political Inquiry
  • Notes
  • Index

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