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Interpretive Social Science: An Anti-Naturalist Approach

Mark Bevir and Jason Blakely


This book offers a comprehensive case for an “interpretive” or hermeneutic approach to the social sciences. Interpretive approaches are a major growth area in the social sciences because they offer a full-blown alternative to the behavioralism, institutionalism, rational choice, and other quasi-scientific approaches that dominate the study of human behavior. In addition to presenting a systematic case for interpretivism and a critique of scientism, this book also proposes a unique “anti-naturalist” notion of an interpretive approach. This anti-naturalist framework encompasses the insights of p ... More

Keywords: hermeneutics, political science, sociology, methodology, qualitative research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832942
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Bevir, author
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies, University of California Berkeley

Jason Blakely, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University

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