Social Philosophy of Science for the Social Sciences

  • Jaan Valsiner

Part of the Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences book series (THHSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Social and Cognitive Roots for Reflexivity upon the Research Process

  3. Philosophies of Explanation in the Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Raino Malnes
      Pages 113-124
    3. Janis H. Zickfeld, Thomas W. Schubert
      Pages 147-168
  4. Social Normativity in Social Sciences

  5. Social Processes in Particular Sciences: Challenges to Interdisciplinarity

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-305

About this book


This is an international and interdisciplinary volume that provides a new look at general background of the social sciences from a philosophical perspective and provides directions for methodology. It seeks to overcome the limitations of the traditional treatises of a philosophy of science rooted in the physical sciences, as well as extend the coverage of basic science to intentional and socially normative features of the social sciences.


The discussions included in this book are divided into four thematic sections:

  • Social and cognitive roots for reflexivity upon the research process
  • Philosophies of explanation in the social sciences
  • Social normativity in social sciences
  • Social processes in particular sciences


Social Philosophy of Science for the Social Sciences will find an interested audience in students of the philosophy of science and social sciences. It will also relevant for researchers and students in the fields of psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, education, and political science.  


Social Science Philosophy Methodology Innovation Replication Normativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Jaan Valsiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Communication and Psychology, Centre of Cultural PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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