Winch's double-edged idea of a social science

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Peter Winch's 1958 book The Idea of a Social Science contains two distinguishable sets of theses, one set bearing on the individual-level understanding of human beings, the other on the society-level understanding of the regularities and institutions to which human beings give rise. The first set of claims is persuasive and significant but the second is a mixed bunch: none is well established and only some are sound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-77
Number of pages15
JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • Atomism
  • Individualism
  • Participation
  • Practice
  • Rules
  • Sociology


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