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    Consequences of Realism for Sociological Theory-Building.Thomas Brante - 2001 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 31 (2):167–195.
    It is argued that the Achilles heel of contemporary sociology-and great parts of social science-is a) weak theory development, and b) absence of a meta-theory providing a common platform and a shared goal for its practitioners, fostering cumulativity. A meta-theory called causal realism (a variant of critical realism) is suggested for these purposes. The main tenets and key concepts of realism, such as causality and explanation, mechanism, stratified reality, are presented. Thereafter, via an anology to the physical sciences, it is (...)
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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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    Review Essay: Perspectival Realism, Representational Models, and the Social Sciences.Thomas Brante - 2010 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40 (1):107-117.
    In this book, Ronald Giere seeks to resolve the opposition between objectivism and constructivism by suggesting a third way, perspectival realism, according to which both sides are partly right. To prove his case, Giere reconstructs some of the acknowledged puzzle pieces in the philosophy of science (theory, observation, etc.). To my mind, of most interest is the piece Giere calls “representional model.” Constituting the basis of every science, it functions as a template that governs data collection as well as theory (...)
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  4. Controversial Science From Content to Contention.Thomas Brante, Steve Fuller & William Lynch - 1993
    This book represents emerging alternative perspectives to the "constructivist" orthodoxy that currently dominates the field of science and technology studies. Various contributions from distinguished Americans and Europeans in the field, provide arguments and evidence that it is not enough simply to say that science is "socially situated." Controversial Science focuses on important political, ethical, and broadly normative considerations that have yet to be given their due, but which point to a more realistic and critical perspective on science policy.
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    Empirical and Epistemological Issues in Scientists' Explanations of Scientific Stances: A Critical Synthesis.Thomas Brante - 1989 - Social Epistemology 3 (4):281 – 295.