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There is no such thing as a social science: in defence of Peter Winch

Hutchinson, Anthony Philip A. and Read, Rupert and Sharrock, Wes (2008) There is no such thing as a social science: in defence of Peter Winch. Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-4776-8

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Abstract

The death of Peter Winch in 1997 sparked a revived interest in his work with this book arguing his work suffered misrepresentation in both recent literature and in contemporary critiques of his writing. Debates in philosophy and sociology about foundational questions of social ontology and methodology often claim to have adequately incorporated and moved beyond Winch's concerns. Re-establishing a Winchian voice, the authors examine how such contentions involve a failure to understand central themes in Winch's writings and that the issues which occupied him in his Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to Philosophy and later papers remain central to social studies.

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