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Describing and Evaluating the Social Sciences : Lessons from a Conceptual Scheme and its Example Implementation

DirectorsWeber, Marcel
Master program titleMaster of Arts in Philosophy with Specialization in the Philosophy of Science
Defense date2020

I first elaborate a descriptive and evaluative conceptual scheme intended to organize the analysis of any social-scientific framework. The descriptive aspect regards the historical development of ideas of the framework under question. The evaluative aspect regards this development both (a) in relative terms to what practitioners find important, and (b) in more general terms, proposing some explicit evaluative criteria. Then, I show how this scheme could be implemented using a restricted part of the historical development of the account of individual decision-making of Expected Utility Theory (EUT) as an example. To do this, I use Network Analysis to organize an analysis of citations between texts to guide the historical description of this development, which is then used as a base to propose possible lines of evaluation. Lastly, I present a series of reflections and lessons that the elaboration of this scheme and its example implementation leave for the Philosophy and History of the Social Sciences.

  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • History of Expected Utility Theory
  • Citation Network Analysis
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BORDO GARCIA, Luis Alejandro. Describing and Evaluating the Social Sciences : Lessons from a Conceptual Scheme and its Example Implementation. 2020.
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