Naturalism and the scientific status of the social sciences
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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situation in the sciences of man and show it to be fallacious. On the view to be 6 rejected, the sciences of man are undergoing the ﬁrst serious attempt in history to 7 thoroughly naturalize their subject matter and thus to put an end to their separate sta- 8 tus. Progress has (on this view) been quite considerable in the disciplines in charge 9 of the individual, while in the social sciences the outcome of the process is moot: 10 the naturalistic social sciences are still in their infancy, and whether they will even- 11 tually engulf or at least profoundly transform the ﬁeld of social science is unclear. 12 The dichotomous conception pits two camps against one another. On the one hand, 13..
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