Social Science as Civic Discourse: Essays on the Invention, Legitimation, and Uses of Social Theory
by Richard Harvey Brown
University of Chicago Press, 1989
Cloth: 978-0-226-07624-9
Library of Congress Classification H61.B6793 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 300.1

Richard Harvey Brown's pioneering explorations in the philosophy of social science and the theory of rhetoric reach a culmination in Social Science as Civic Discourse. In his earlier works, he argued for a logic of discovery and explanation in social science by showing that science and art both depend on metaphoric thinking, and he has applied that logic to society as a narrative text in which significant action by moral agents is possible. This new work is at once a philosophical critique of social theory and a social-theoretical critique of politics. Brown proposes to redirect the language and the mission of the social sciences toward a new discourse for a humane civic practice.

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