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Today the ethical and normative concerns of everyday citizens are all too often sidelined from the study of political and social issues, driven out by an effort to create a more “scientific” study. This book offers a way for social scientists and political theorists to reintegrate the empirical and the normative, proposing a way out of the scientism that clouds our age. In Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor, and the Demise of Naturalism, Jason Blakely argues that the resources for overcoming this divide are found in the respective intellectual developments of Charles Taylor and Alasdair MacIntyre. Blakely examines their often parallel intellectual journeys, which led them to critically engage the British New Left, analytic philosophy, phenomenology, continental hermeneutics, and modern social science. Although MacIntyre and Taylor are not sui generis, Blakely claims they each present a new, revived humanism, one that insists on the creative agency of the human person against reductive, instrumental, technocratic, and scientistic ways of thinking. The recovery of certain key themes in these philosophers’ works generates a new political philosophy with which to face certain unprecedented problems of our age. Taylor’s and MacIntyre’s philosophies give social scientists working in all disciplines (from economics and sociology to political science and psychology) an alternative theoretical framework for conducting research.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Problem of Superstition and the Divorce of Political Theory from Social Science
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter 1 The Deeper Sources of the Breakup: The Rise of “Naturalism” in Philosophy, Social Science, and Politics
  2. pp. 7-23
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  1. Chapter 2 The First British New Left’s Rebellion against Naturalism
  2. pp. 24-37
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  1. Chapter 3 Analytic Philosophy as a Weapon for Attacking Naturalism
  2. pp. 38-59
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  1. Chapter 4 Inspiring a New Social Science: Aristotle and Heidegger
  2. pp. 60-74
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  1. Chapter 5 Overcoming Value-Neutrality in the Social Sciences
  2. pp. 75-93
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  1. Chapter 6 The Great Reunification: An Antinaturalist Social Science
  2. pp. 94-109
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  1. Conclusion: Future Projects and a Renewed Humanism
  2. pp. 110-113
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 114-125
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 126-134
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 135-144
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268100667
Related ISBN
9780268100643
MARC Record
OCLC
953867255
Pages
136
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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