SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentPhD Program of Political Science, First Year PhD Program of Political Science, Second Year
Course NamePhilosophy of Social Sciences
InstructorYEH HAO
Course TypeRequired
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week 1: What is Philosophy of Social Sciences?

Week 2: Cause, Agent, and Structure

Week 3: Rationalism & Empiricism

Week 4: System, Function, and Game Theory

Week 5: Understanding & Explanation

Week 6: Neutrality, Objectivity, and Relativism

Week 7: Durkheim

Week 8: Weber

Week 9: Hermeneutics

Week 10: Genealogy

Week 11: Critical Theory

Week 12: Critical Realism

Week 13: The Concept of Scientific History

Week 14: Does Political Theory Still Exist?

Week 15: Historical Inevitability

Week 16: The Counter-Enlightenment

Week 17: The Divorce between the Sciences and the Humanities

Week 18: Final evaluation

Students should pay at least 20hrs/week for this class.

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



Class participation 30%

Final report 70%

Textbook & Reference
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