Leaving the Cave Evolutionary Naturalism in Social-Scientific Thought

By: Hutcheon, Pat Duffy

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Light edge wear, Dj spine faded, sticker shadow on front free end paper. ; A bright, solid book, DJ in Mylar ; 1.3 x 9.2 x 6 Inches; 504 pages; "How can one explain the general failure of the social sciences to accumulate reliable knowledge? According to Pat Duffy Hutcheon the social sciences have failed us in the twentieth century. Practitioners in the social realm (such as politicians, therapists, educators and economists) are unable to provide the answers we seek to meet the challenges of our everyday lives and the next millennium. In 'Leaving the Cave' Hutcheon explores the reasons for this failure. In this pioneering study of the development of social and biological evolutionary theory she contends that, for the first time in history, there exists a paradigm capable of integrating the life sciences and the social/behavioural sciences, a model to make effective social science a reality. To illustrate her arguments Hutcheon traces the development of a current of thought she identifies as evolutionary naturalism. She focusses on the lives and writings of those thinkers who have most illuminated this philosophy, from the Hellenic Greeks, through the works of the early pioneers of modern social scientific thought, to the social theorists of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries whose ideas have been firmly rooted in the Darwinian and Pavlovian revolutions in biology and neuroscience. 'Leaving the Cave' is an innovative, multidisciplinary study of the development of social science, the philosophy of evolutionary naturalism and the effect of each on the other. Certain to arouse controversy, this is a book which everyone concerned for the future of the social sciences will want to read."

Title: Leaving the Cave Evolutionary Naturalism in Social-Scientific Thought

Author Name: Hutcheon, Pat Duffy

Categories: Philosophy,

Publisher: Waterloo, ON, Wilfrid Laurier University Press: 1996

ISBN Number: 0889202583

ISBN Number 13: 9780889202580

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket

Seller ID: 14893

Keywords: Social Sciences PHILOSOPHY