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Integrating the human sciences, enhancing progress and coherence across the social sciences and humanities, Rick Szostak

"What if we recognized that human sciences collectively investigate a few dozen key phenomena that interact with each other? Can we imagine a human science that would seek to stitch its understandings of this system of phenomena into a coherent whole? If so, what would that look like? This book argues that we are unlikely to develop one unified "theory of everything." Our collective understanding must then be a "map" of the myriad relationships within this large - but finite and manageable - system, coupled with detailed understandings of each causal link and of important subsystems. The book outlines such a map and shows that the pursuit of coherence - and a more successful human science enterprise - requires integration, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of different methods and theory types, and the pursuit of terminological and presentational clarity. It explores how these inter-connected goals can be achieved in research, teaching, library classification, public policy, and university administration. These suggestions are congruent with, and yet enhance, other projects for reform of the human sciences. This volume is aimed at any scholar or student who seeks to comprehend how what they study fits within a broader understanding"--, Provided by publisher
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (195 pages)
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