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  1. Stephen P. Turner (forthcoming). Cause, the Persistence of Teleology, and the Origins of the Philosophy of Social Science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences.
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  2. Stephen P. Turner (2013). Explaining the Normative. Polity.
    The book considers in detail a paradigm case: legal normativity as constructed by Hans Kelsen. This case exemplifies the problems with normativist arguments.
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  3. Gerard Delanty & Stephen P. Turner (eds.) (2011). Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory. Routledge.
  4. Stephen P. Turner (2011). Starting with Tacit Knowledge, Ending with Durkheim? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (3):472-476.
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  5. Stephen P. Turner (2009). Can There Be a Pragmatist Philosophy of Social Science? [REVIEW] Human Studies 32 (3):365 - 374.
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  6. Stephen P. Turner (2009). Public Sociology and Democratic Theory. In Jeroen Van Bouwel (ed.), The Social Sciences and Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan.
  7. Stephen P. Turner (2009). Public Sociology and Democratic Theory Stephen P. Turner. In Jeroen Van Bouwel (ed.), The Social Sciences and Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan. 165.
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  8. Stephen P. Turner (2009). Shrinking Merton. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (3):481-489.
    Agassi, Sztompka, Kincaid, and Crothers argue, in various ways, that Merton should not be held responsible for his published views on theory construction, and they provide psychological or strategic explanations for his failure to resolve issues with these views. I argue that this line of defense is unnecessary. A better case for Merton would be that theories in his middle-range sense were a nontechnical alternative solution to the problem of spurious correlation. Middle-range theory was not, however, a solution to the (...)
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  9. Stephen P. Turner (2007). Explaining Normativity. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 37 (1):57-73.
    In this reply, I raise some questions about the account of "normativity" given by Joseph Rouse. I discuss the historical form of disputes over normativity in such thinkers as Kelsen and show that the standard issue with these accounts is over the question of whether there is anything added to the normal stream of explanation by the problem of normativity. I suggest that Rouse’s attempt to avoid the issues that arise with substantive explanatory theories of practices of the kind criticized (...)
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  10. Stephen P. Turner (2007). Mirror Neurons and Practices: A Response to Lizardo. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 37 (3):351–371.
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  11. Stephen P. Turner (2007). Practice Relativism (Relativismo de Prácticas). Crítica 39 (115):5 - 29.
    Practice relativism is the idea that practices are foundational for bodies of activity and thought, and differ from one another in ways that lead those who constitute the world in terms of them to incommensurable or conflicting conclusions. It is true that practices are not criticizable in any simple way because they are largely tacit and inaccessible. But to make them relativistic one needs an added claim: that practices are "normative", or conceptual in character. It is argued that this is (...)
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  12. Stephen P. Turner & Mark W. Risjord (eds.) (2007). Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology. Elsevier.
    This volume concerns philosophical issues that arise from the practice of anthropology and sociology. The essays cover a wide range of issues, including traditional questions in the philosophy of social science as well as those specific to these disciplines. Authors attend to the historical development of the current debates and set the stage for future work. · Comprehensive survey of philosophical issues in anthropology and sociology · Historical discussion of important debates · Applications to current research in anthropology and sociology.
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  13. David Mercer, Jerry Ravetz, Stephen P. Turner & Steve Fuller (2005). A Parting Shot at Misunderstanding: Fuller Vs. Kuhn. [REVIEW] Metascience 14 (1):3-152.
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  14. Stephen P. Turner (2005). Normative All the Way Down. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (2):419-429.
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  15. Stephen P. Turner (2003). 3 MacIntyre in the Province of the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. In Mark C. Murphy (ed.), Alasdair Macintyre. Cambridge University Press. 70.
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  16. Stephen P. Turner & Paul A. Roth (2003). Introduction. Ghosts and the Machine: Issues of Agency, Rationality, and Scientific Methodology in Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science. In Stephen P. Turner & Paul Andrew Roth (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Blackwell Pub.. 1--17.
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  17. Stephen P. Turner & Paul Andrew Roth (eds.) (2003). The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Blackwell Pub..
    Presents a collection of essays that cover a variety of issues in the social sciences.
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  18. Nora K. Bell, Samantha J. Brennan, William F. Bristow, Diana H. Coole, Justin DArms, Michael S. Davis, Daniel A. Dombrowski, John J. P. Donnelly, Anthony J. Ellis, Mark C. Fowler, Alan E. Fuchs, Chris Hackler, Garth L. Hallett, Rita C. Manning, Kevin E. Olson, Lansing R. Pollock, Marc Lee Raphael, Robert A. Sedler, Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Kristin S. Schrader‐Frechette, Anita Silvers, Doran Smolkin, Alan G. Soble, James P. Sterba, Stephen P. Turner & Eric Watkins (2001). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Ethics 111 (2):446-459.
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  19. Stephen P. Turner (1999). Searle's Social Reality. History and Theory 38 (2):211–231.
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  20. Stephen P. Turner (1998). Did Funding Matter to the Development of Research Methods in Sociology? Minerva 36 (1):69-79.
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  21. Stephen P. Turner (1997). Bad Practices: A Reply. [REVIEW] Human Studies 20 (3):345-356.
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  22. Stephen P. Turner (1997). Review: Bad Practices: A Reply. [REVIEW] Human Studies 20 (3):345 - 356.
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  23. Stephen P. Turner (1994). The Social Theory of Practices: Tradition, Tacit Knowledge, and Presuppositions. University of Chicago Press.
    The concept of "practices"--whether of representation, of political or scientific traditions, or of organizational culture--is central to social theory. In this book, Stephen Turner presents the first analysis and critique of the idea of practice as it has developed in the various theoretical traditions of the social sciences and the humanities. Understood broadly as a tacit understanding "shared" by a group, the concept of a practice has a fatal difficulty, Turner argues: there is no plausible mechanism by which a "practice" (...)
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  24. Stephen P. Turner (ed.) (1993). Emile Durkheim: Sociologist and Moralist. Routledge.
    This volume presents an overview of Durkheim's thought and is representative of the best of contemporary Durkheim scholarship.
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  25. Stephen P. Turner (1993). Review Essays : The End of Functionalism: Parsons, Merton, and Their Heirs. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (2):228-228.
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  26. Stephen P. Turner (1993). The End of Functionalism. Parsons, Merton and Their Heirs. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (2):228-242.
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  27. Stephen P. Turner & Regis A. Factor (1990). The Disappearance of Tradition in Weber. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 15 (1):400-424.
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  28. Stephen P. Turner (1989). Jasso's Principle. Sociological Theory 7 (1):130-134.
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  29. Stephen P. Turner (1989). Tacit Knowledg and the Problem of Computer Modelling Cognitive Processes in Science. In Steve Fuller (ed.), The Cognitive Turn: Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Science. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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  30. Stephen P. Turner (1987). Cause, Law, and Probability. Sociological Theory 5 (1):15-19.
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  31. Stephen P. Turner (1987). The Survey in Nineteenth-Century American Geology: The Evolution of a Form of Patronage. [REVIEW] Minerva 25 (3):282-330.
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  32. Stephen P. Turner (1987). Underdetermination and the Promise of Statistical Sociology. Sociological Theory 5 (2):172-184.
    The lack of "progress" in theory is often contrasted to progress in statistical methodology. The relation between the two bodies of thinking is itself problematic, however, for the particular advances in method that have occurred in quantitative sociology reflect a trade-off in which the results are characterized by the radical underdetermination of models by data and a high level of slack between measures and theoretical concepts. Both of these problems are usually understood as matters of "error," and thus as potentially (...)
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  33. Mark L. Wardell & Stephen P. Turner (eds.) (1986). Sociological Theory in Transition. Allen & Unwin.
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  34. Stephen P. Turner (1985). Book Review : Theoretical Logic in Sociology, Volume 4: The Modern Reconstruction of Classical Thought: Talcott Parsons. By Jeffrey C. Alexander. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. Pp. XXV + 530. $39.50. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 15 (4):513-522.
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  35. Stephen P. Turner (1985). Weltgeist, Intention, and Reproduction: A Code. Sociological Theory 3 (1):23-28.
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  36. Stephen P. Turner (1984). Durkheim as a Methodologist* Part II-Collective Forces, Causation, and Probability. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 14 (1):51-71.
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  37. Stephen P. Turner (1984). Max Weber and the Dispute Over Reason and Value: A Study in Philosophy, Ethics, and Politics. Routledge & Kegan Paul.
     
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  38. Stephen P. Turner (1984). Social Theory Without Wholes. Human Studies 7 (3-4):259 - 284.
    Language is the tradition of nations; each generation describes what it sees, but it uses words transmitted from the past. When a great entity like the British Constitution has continued in connected outward sameness, but hidden inner change, for many ages, every generation inherits a series of inapt words — of maxims once true, but of which the truth is ceasing or has ceased. As a man’s family go on muttering in his maturity incorrect phrases derived from a just observation (...)
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  39. Stephen P. Turner (1982). On the Relevance of Statistical Relevance Theory. Theory and Decision 14 (2):195-205.
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  40. Regis A. Factor & Stephen P. Turner (1979). The Limits of Reason and Some Limitations of Weber's Morality. Human Studies 2 (1):301 - 334.
  41. Stephen P. Turner (1979). Translating Ritual Beliefs. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 9 (4):401-423.
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  42. Stephen P. Turner & David R. Carr (1978). The Process of Criticism in Interpretive Sociology and History. Human Studies 1 (1):138 - 152.
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