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Interpretivism and Causal Explanations: A Case from Educational Research
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
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2015 (English)In: Philosophy of the social sciences, ISSN 0048-3931, E-ISSN 1552-7441, Vol. 45, no 6, 543-567 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article criticizes a view about the interpretation of human action, labeled in the text as interpretivism. This view posits a sharp separation between the natural and social sciences, to the effect that the methods of the latter cannot be applied to the former. I criticize this standpoint by reconstructing a case of educational research. As I argue, the case I analyze indicates that the arguments in support of interpretivism are contradicted by what social researchers can actually achieve. I conclude that the interpretivistic claims lack support and that the general separation claim appears as problematic.

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2015. Vol. 45, no 6, 543-567 p.
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interpretivism, causal explanation, action explanation, social norms
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124731DOI: 10.1177/0048393115595961ISI: 000364966000001OAI: diva2:893549
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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