publication . Article . 2017

Explanation, prediction, causation – an unholy trinity? Appreciative comments on Philosophy and Methods in Political Science

Hay, C.S.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2017
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
In this short \ud but critical appreciation of Keith Dowding’s seminal\ud Philosophy and \ud Methods of Political Science\ud I reflect on the distinctive treatment of both realism and explanation \ud in contemporary political science that its author offers, expressing rather more sympath\ud y for the \ud former than the latter. I welcome his critique of the use and misuse of ‘isms’ in much of the \ud existing literature, whilst pointing to some potential inconsistencies; I accept his broad and \ud inclusive understanding of philosophic realism; and I pr\ud aise Dowding for putting the question of \ud explanation \ud –\ud and its adequacy \ud –\ud at the heart of...

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