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Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures

The Idea of Social Science and Proper Phenomenology

Authors: Tuckett, Jonathan

  • Examines an academic discipline in crisis and points to future constructive solutions
  • Presents a radical approach to the question of humanity
  • Features a revival of the thought of key phenomenologists no longer often considered in social science
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This monograph examines an academic discipline in crisis. The author claims that this field concerned with society and relationships is in trouble. No one can seem to agree on what it does or how to go about doing it. His insightful argument revives the thought of key phenomenologists often no longer considered in social science.

Looking predominantly at debates within religious studies, this book uncovers certain misguided presuppositions which have strongly influenced scholars in the field. This reflects itself in a Weberian Ideal regarding the institutional place of science in the universities and a failure to properly consider the epistemic status of knowledge produced for its own sake. But even recognizing these issues will not get to the core of the crisis. It will not help scholars better understand what it is to be human. To address this, the author digs deeper. He draws on the philosophical phenomenology of Husserl’s Phenomenological Movement to critique our very idea of social science. In the process, he presents a radical approach to the question of humanity.

This volume concludes that, properly understood, social science is a hobby. It deserves no special place in the university. Indeed, if  it is to be pursued properly, it requires a fundamentally revised understanding of humanity. The author argues this not of the sake of controversy. Rather, his intention is to affect the necessary shift in our understanding that will enable future constructive solutions.

About the authors

Jonathan Tuckett earned his PhD at the University of Stirling and has worked variously between there and the University of Edinburgh as a fellow. He primarily works in Religious Studies where he specializes in Method and Theory with a particular emphasis on Philosophy of Social Science. His current research focuses on how to understand the concept of “religion” in the framework of intersubjectivity. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Tuckett, Jonathan

    Pages 1-27

  • Phenomenology Simpliciter

    Tuckett, Jonathan

    Pages 31-78

  • Phenomenology Proper

    Tuckett, Jonathan

    Pages 79-108

  • The Essence of Social Science

    Tuckett, Jonathan

    Pages 109-134

  • The Possibility of Science

    Tuckett, Jonathan

    Pages 137-165

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-92120-4
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Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92119-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Idea of Social Science and Proper Phenomenology
Authors
Series Title
Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
Series Volume
28
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92120-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92120-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92119-8
Series ISSN
2211-1107
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 248
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