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Published: 27 September 2018

312 Pages | 48 illustrations


ISBN: 9780190871758

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Winner of the 2016 American Philosophical Association Joseph B. Gittler Award Winner of the 2016 Lakatos Award

The Ant Trap

Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences

Brian Epstein

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science

  • Develops a new theory of the social world
  • Overturns longstanding assumptions that are built into the methods of the social sciences
  • Makes controversial claims about the nature of the social world, arguing that—paradoxically—social theory has focused too much on the role of people in building the social world
  • Draws connections among many disciplines, including philosophy, economics, political science, and the law

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