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  1. Harold Kincaid, Functional Explanation and Evolutionary Social Science.
    From their conception to the present, the social sciences have invoked a kind of explanation that looks suspect by the standards of the natural sciences. They explain why social practices exist by reference to the purpose or needs they serve. Yet the purposes invoked are generally not the explicit purposes or needs of any individual but of society or social groups. For example, Durkheim claimed that the division of labor in society exists in order to promote social solidarity and Marx (...)
     
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  2. Harold Kincaid & Jacqueline Anne Sullivan (2014). Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Kinds and Natural Kinds. In Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Kinds and Natural Kinds. 1-10.
     
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  3. Don Ross, James Ladyman & Harold Kincaid (eds.) (2013). Scientific Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
    Original essays by leading philosophers of science explore the question of whether metaphysics can and should be naturalized--conducted as part of natural science.
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  4. Harold Kincaid (2012). How Should Philosophy of Social Science Proceed? Metascience 21 (2):391-394.
    How should philosophy of social science proceed? Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-4 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9592-7 Authors Harold Kincaid, Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 900 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1260, USA Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  5. Harold Kincaid (2012). Introduction: Doing Philosophy of Social Science. In , The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. Oxford University Press. 1.
  6. Harold Kincaid (2012). Mechanisms, Causal Modeling, and the Limitations of Traditional Multiple Regression. In , The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. Oxford University Press. 46.
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  7. Harold Kincaid (2012). Naturalism and the Nature of Economic Evidence. In Uskali Mäki, Dov M. Gabbay, Paul Thagard & John Woods (eds.), Philosophy of Economics. North Holland. 115.
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  8. Harold Kincaid (2012). Some Issues Concerning the Nature of Economic Explanation. In Uskali Mäki, Dov M. Gabbay, Paul Thagard & John Woods (eds.), Philosophy of Economics. North Holland. 137.
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  9. Harold Kincaid (ed.) (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. Oxford University Press.
    This Handbook is a major, comprehensive look at the key ideas in the field, is guided by several principles.
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  10. Harold Kincaid (2011). Causal Modeling, Mechanism, and Probability in Epidemiology. In Phyllis McKay Illari, Federica Russo & Jon Williamson (eds.), Causality in the Sciences. Oxford University Press. 170--190.
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  11. Harold Kincaid (2011). Making Philosophy of Economics Relevant. Journal of Economic Methodology 18 (01):79-81.
  12. Harold Kincaid & Jacqueline Anne Sullivan (2010). Medical Models of Addiction. In Kincaid Ross (ed.), What is Addiction?
    Biomedical science has been remarkably successful in explaining illness by categorizing diseases and then by identifying localizable lesions such as a virus and neoplasm in the body that cause those diseases. Not surprisingly, researchers have aspired to apply this powerful paradigm to addiction. So, for example, in a review of the neuroscience of addiction literature, Hyman and Malenka (2001, p. 695) acknowledge a general consensus among addiction researchers that “[a]ddiction can appropriately be considered as a chronic medical illness.” Like other (...)
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  13. Don Ross, Harold Kincaid & David Spurrett (eds.) (2010). What Is Addiction? The MIT Press.
    Leading addiction researchers survey the latest findings in addiction science, countering the simplistic cultural stereotypes of the addict.
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  14. Harold Kincaid (2009). A More Sophisticated Merton. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (2):266-271.
    An alternative account of Merton to that provided by Turner is sketched. It shows strong similarities to some quite plausible contemporary understandings of science in general. Given this reading, it would seem that Merton did not drastically change his position nor does it suffer from the ambiguities that Turner describes. Key Words: theory • naturalism • causation • functional explanation.
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  15. Harold Kincaid (2009). Causation in the Social Sciences. In Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock & Peter Menzies (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Causation. Oup Oxford.
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  16. Harold Kincaid (2009). Explaining Growth. In Harold Kincaid & Don Ross (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics. Oxford University Press. 455--475.
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  17. Harold Kincaid (2009). Fact and Value in Democratic Theory. In Jeroen Van Bouwel (ed.), The Social Sciences and Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan.
  18. Harold Kincaid (2009). Fact and Value in Democratic Theory Harold Kincaid. In Jeroen Van Bouwel (ed.), The Social Sciences and Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan. 104.
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  19. Harold Kincaid & Don Ross (eds.) (2009). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics. Oxford University Press.
    The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics is a cutting-edge reference work to philosophical issues in the practice of economics. It is motivated by the view that there is more to economics than general equilibrium theory, and that the philosophy of economics should reflect the diversity of activities and topics that currently occupy economists. Contributions in the Handbook are thus closely tied to ongoing theoretical and empirical concerns in economics. Contributors include both philosophers of science and economists. Chapters fall into (...)
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  20. Don Ross & Harold Kincaid (2009). Introduction: The New Philosophy of Economics. In Harold Kincaid & Don Ross (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics. Oxford University Press. 3--54.
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  21. Harold Kincaid (2008). Do We Need Theory to Study Disease?: Lessons From Cancer Research and Their Implications for Mental Illness. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 51 (3):367-378.
  22. Harold Kincaid (2008). Structural Realism and the Social Sciences. Philosophy of Science 75 (5):720-731.
    After sorting different structuralist claims, I argue that structural realist ideas are instantiated in the social sciences, providing both clarification of social science research and support for some components of structural realism. My main focus is on three distinct ways that the social sciences can be about structural relations—exemplified by claims about social structure, reduced form structures in causal modeling, and equilibrium explanations—and on the implication of structuralist ideas for thinking about issues concerning causal explanation and nonreductive pictures of the (...)
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  23. Harold Kincaid (2007). Review of Jon Elster, Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (11).
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  24. Harold Kincaid, John Dupré & Alison Wylie (eds.) (2007). Value-Free Science?: Ideals and Illusions. Oxford University Press.
    It has long been thought that science is our best hope for realizing objective knowledge, but that, to deliver on this promise, it must be value free. Things are not so simple, however, as recent work in science studies makes clear. The contributors to this volume investigate where and how values are involved in science, and examine the implications of this involvement for ideals of objectivity.
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  25. Harold Kincaid, John Dupr’E. & Alison Wylie (eds.) (2007). Rejecting the Ideal of Value-Free Science. Oxford University Press.
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  26. Harold Kincaid & Jennifer McKitrick (eds.) (2007). Establishing Medical Reality: Methodological and Metaphysical Issues in Philosophy of Medicine. Springer Publishing Company.
  27. Harold Kincaid & Jennifer McKitrick (eds.) (2007). Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science. Spinger.
    This volume approaches the philosophy of medicine from the broad naturalist perspective that holds that philosophy must be continuous with, constrained by, and ...
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  28. Harold Kincaid & Jennifer McKitrick, Introduction to Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science.
    Medicine has been a very fruitful source of significant issues for philosophy over the last 30 years. The vast majority of the issues discussed have been normative—they have been problems in morality and political philosophy that now make up the field called bioethics. However, biomedical science presents many other philosophical questions that have gotten relatively little attention, particularly topics in metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of science. This volume focuses on problems in these areas as they surface in biomedical science. Important (...)
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  29. Don Ross, David Spurrett, Harold Kincaid & G. Lynn Stephens (eds.) (2007). Distributed Cognition and the Will: Individual Volition and Social Context. MIT Press.
    Philosophers and behavioral scientists discuss what, if anything, of the traditional concept of individual conscious will can survive recent scientific ...
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  30. David Spurrett, Don Ross, Harold Kincaid & Lynn Stephens (eds.) (2007). Distributed Cognition and the Will: Individual Volition and Social Context. MIT Press.
    Philosophers and behavioral scientists discuss what, if anything, of the traditionalconcept of individual conscious will can survive recent scientific discoveries that humandecision-making is distributed across different brain processes and ...
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  31. Harold Kincaid (2006). Evolutionary Social Science Beyond Culture. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (4):356-356.
    Mesoudi et al.'s case can be improved by expanding to compelling selectionist explanations elsewhere in the social sciences and by seeing that natural selection is an instance of general selectionist process. Obstacles include the common use of extreme idealizations and optimality evidence, the copresence of nonselectionist social processes, and the fact that selectionist explanations often presuppose other kinds of social explanations. (Published Online November 9 2006).
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  32. Harold Kincaid (2006). Scientific Historiography and the Philosophy of Science. History and Theory 45 (1):124–133.
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  33. Harold Kincaid (2004). Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science. Blackwell Publishing.
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  34. Harold Kincaid (2004). Contextualism, Explanation and the Social Sciences. Philosophical Explorations 7 (3):201 – 218.
    Debates about explanation in the social sciences often proceed without any clear idea what an 'account' of explanation should do. In this paper I take a stance - what I will call contextualism - that denies there are purely formal and conceptual constraints on explanation and takes standards of explanation to be substantive empirical claims, paradigmatically claims about causation. I then use this standpoint to argue for position on issues in the philosophy of social science concerning reduction, idealized models, social (...)
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  35. Harold Kincaid (2004). 15 Methodological Individualism and Economics. In John Bryan Davis & Alain Marciano (eds.), The Elgar Companion to Economics and Philosophy. Edward Elgar Pub.. 299.
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  36. Harold Kincaid (2004). There Are Laws in the Social Sciences. In Christopher Hitchcock (ed.), Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science. Blackwell Publishing. 168--186.
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  37. Harold Kincaid (2003). The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science, Nancy Cartwright. Cambridge University Press, 1999, IX + 240 Pages. [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 19 (1):167-170.
  38. Harold Kincaid (2002). Functionalist Successes and Excesses in the Social Sciences. Analyse and Kritik 24:60-71.
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  39. Harold Kincaid (2002). Social Sciences. In Peter Machamer Michael Silberstein (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Science. Blackwell. 290--311.
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  40. Bernard Phillips, Harold Kincaid, Thomas Scheff, Chanoch Jacobsen, James C. Kimberly, Richard Lachmann, David R. Maines, David W. Britt, Suzanne M. Retzinger, Thomas J. Scheff & Howard S. Becker (2002). Toward a Sociological Imagination: Bridging Specialized Fields. University Press of America.
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  41. Harold Kincaid (2000). Formal Rationality and its Pernicious Effects on the Social Sciences. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (1):67-88.
    This article argues that a particular notion of rationality, more exactly a specific notion of legitimate inference, is presupposed by much work in the social sciences to their detriment. The author describes the notion of rationality he has in mind, explains why it is misguided, identifies where and how it affects social research, and illustrates why that research is weaker as a result. The notion of legitimate inference the author has in mind is one that believes inferences are guided by (...)
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  42. Harold Kincaid (2000). Global Arguments and Local Realism About the Social Sciences. Philosophy of Science 67 (3):678.
    This paper argues that realism issue in the social sciences is not one that can be decided by general philosophical arguments that evaluate entire domains at once. The realism issue is instead many different empirical issues. To defend these claims, I sort issues that are often run together, explicate and criticize several standard realist and antirealist arguments about the social sciences, and use the example of the productive/nonproductive distinction to illustrate the approach to realism questions that I favor.
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  43. Michael Root & Harold Kincaid (2000). Philosophy of the Social Sciences-Realism and Classification in the Social Sciences-Global Arguments and Local Realism About the Social Sciences. Philosophy of Science 67 (3).
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  44. George Graham & Harold Kincaid (1998). Freedom and Determinism. In N. Scott Arnold, Theodore M. Benditt & George Graham (eds.), Philosophy Then and Now. Blackwell Publishers. 79.
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  45. Harold Kincaid (1996). Can Neoclassical Economics Be Defended on Grounds of Explanatory Power? Southern Journal of Philosophy 34 (S1):155-177.
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  46. Harold Kincaid (1996). Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences: Analyzing Controversies in Social Research. Cambridge University Press.
    This book defends the prospects for a science of society. It argues that behind the diverse methods of the natural sciences lies a common core of scientific rationality that the social sciences can and sometimes do achieve. It also argues that good social science must be in part about large-scale social structures and processes and thus that methodological individualism is misguided. These theses are supported by a detailed discussion of actual social research, including theories of agrarian revolution, organizational ecology, social (...)
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  47. Harold Kincaid (1995). The Empirical Presuppositions of Metaphysical Explanations in Economics. The Monist 78 (3):368-385.
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  48. Timothy Day & Harold Kincaid (1994). Putting Inference to the Best Explanation in its Place. Synthese 98 (2):271-295.
    This paper discusses the nature and the status of inference to the best explanation (IBE). We (1) outline the foundational role given IBE by its defenders and the arguments of critics who deny it any place at all; (2) argue that, on the two main conceptions of explanation, IBE cannot be a foundational inference rule; (3) sketch an account of IBE that makes it contextual and dependent on substantive empirical assumptions, much as simplicity seems to be; (4) show how that (...)
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  49. Harold Kincaid (1994). Book Review:Economics--Mathematical Politics or Science of Diminishing Returns? Alexander Rosenberg; Essays on Philosophy and Economic Methodology Daniel Hausman. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 61 (2):315-.
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  50. Harold Kincaid (1993). Group Size, Language and Evolutionary Mechanisms. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16 (4):713.
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