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  1. Reply to Daniel Steel's "with or Without Mechanisms".Erik Weber - 2008 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (2):267-270.
    In this discussion note I clarify the motivation behind my original paper "Social Mechanisms, Causal Inference and the Policy Relevance of Social Science." I argue that one of the tasks of philosophers of social science is to draw attention to methodological problems that are often forgotten or overlooked. Then I show that my original paper does not make the mistake or fallacy that Daniel Steel suggests in his comment on it. Key Words: social mechanisms • causal inference • social policy.
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  • Explanatory and Non-Explanatory Goals in the Social Sciences: A Reply to Reiss.Thomas Brante - 2008 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (2):271-278.
    The paper has three aims. First, to show that Julian Reiss' critique of what he calls the New Mechanist Perspective in the social sciences is built on a number of misconceptions; second, to provide some arguments for the need of reflections and discussions about common and "ultimate" goals for the social sciences; and third, to suggest a focus on mechanisms as one such viable goal. Key Words: social science • goals • explanations • mechanisms.
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