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Functionalist Successes and Excesses in the Social Sciences

Functionalist Successes and Excesses in the Social Sciences Abstract This paper presents a model of functional explanations as a species of ordinary causal explanation and argues that they are widespread for understandable reasons in the social sciences. The remainder of the paper then looks at specific functional explanations in the social research and examines the prospects and problems for those accounts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyse & Kritik de Gruyter

Functionalist Successes and Excesses in the Social Sciences

Analyse & Kritik , Volume 24 (1) – May 1, 2002

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Publisher
de Gruyter
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Copyright © 2002 by the
ISSN
0171-5860
eISSN
2365-9858
DOI
10.1515/auk-2002-0103
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Abstract

Abstract This paper presents a model of functional explanations as a species of ordinary causal explanation and argues that they are widespread for understandable reasons in the social sciences. The remainder of the paper then looks at specific functional explanations in the social research and examines the prospects and problems for those accounts.

Journal

Analyse & Kritikde Gruyter

Published: May 1, 2002

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