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Critical Explanation in Social Science: A Logics Approach

Glynos, J and Howarth, D (2008) 'Critical Explanation in Social Science: A Logics Approach.' Swiss Journal of Sociology, 34 (1). pp. 5-35. ISSN 0379-3664

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Abstract

Debates in the philosophy of social science often pit lawlike against ideographic approaches to explanation, whilst dividing objective, value-free approaches from critical and engaged stances. Others foreground causal mechanisms as a unit of explanation, though they are equally split about the role of values and normativity. This article engages with these perspectives by elaborating a logics-based approach to critical explanation. By articulating the idea of social, political and fantasmatic logics, the approach emphasizes contextual particularity, yet also aspires to be explanatory and critical. It shows the added value of such an approach by investigating recent changes in the UK higher education regime.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 08:50
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3461

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