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Measuring the Intentional World: Realism, Naturalism, and Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

J. D. Trout

Abstract

Scientific realism has been advanced as an interpretation of the natural sciences but never the behavioral sciences. This book introduces a novel version of scientific realism, Measured Realism, that characterizes the kind of theoretical progress in the social and psychological sciences that is uneven but indisputable. It proposes a theory of measurement, Population-Guided Estimation, that connects natural, psychological, and social scientific inquiry. Presenting quantitative methods in the behavioral sciences as at once successful and regulated by the world, the book will engage philosophers ... More

Keywords: scientific realism, measured realism, empiricism, social sciences, measurement, narrative methods, statistics, psychology, epistemological naturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195107661
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195107667.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. D. Trout, author
Loyola University, Chicago
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