How the Social Sciences Think about the World's Social

Outline of a Critique

Michael Kuhn

ibidem Press

How the Social Sciences Think about the World's Social

Pub Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9783838209722

260 Pages

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Pub Date: October 2016

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How the Social Sciences Think about the World's Social

Outline of a Critique

Michael Kuhn

ibidem Press

At the beginning of the new millennium, the social sciences took an epochal 'turn' that revolutionized their theory-building. As a response to what they called the globalization of the social, they found the need to globalize their theorizing as well. It is curious that only after two centuries of colonialism and imperialism, after two world wars and several economic world crises, did they discover that there is a world beyond the national socials; it is even more strange that the social sciences globalize their theorizing by comparing theories about nationally confined socials and by creating all sorts of 'local' theories, as if any national social was a secluded social biotope. Trying to globalize the social sciences, they argue that globalizing social science theorizing means finding a way of theorizing that must, above all, be liberated from 'scientism' in order to allow a 'provincialization' of thinking. Not surprisingly, the globalizing social sciences have also rediscovered mythological and moral thinking as a means for a true scientific universalism. Michael Kuhn argues that the oddities of the globalizing social sciences are not accidents, but a consequence of the nature of how the social sciences theorize about the social.
Acknowledgements
Preface
Why a theory about social sciences?
Chapter A: The world's social in social science thinking
Chapter B: Categorical essentials of disciplinary thinking
Chapter C: The social science approach to scientific thinking—advancements of teleological theorizing
Chapter D: The discourse about and the progress of social science knowledge
Chapter E: Going beyond the social sciences
Postscript

About the Author

Michael Kuhn is the president of the World Social Sciences and Humanities Network. He has published several books on social science.