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Philosophy of Science and Political Inquiry— Notes on Dowding, Weber and Myrdal

DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2018.83019, PP. 262-276

Keywords: Classical Issues in Philosophy, Fundamental Social and Political Science Problems, Dowding, Weber, Myrdal

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Professor Dowding has written an interesting and stimulating book on the relevance (R) of general philosophical insights for the conduct of political science enquiry. In this paper, I challenge his positive analysis due to the relevance (R) difficulty. The social sciences have to struggle with a set of philosophical questions, but they hardly belong to general ontological or epistemological theories.

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