SUNY series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

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More Studies in Ethnomethodology

Phenomenological analyses of the orderliness of naturally occurring collaboration.

The Idolatry of the Actual

Reinvigorates Jürgen Habermas’ early critical theory.

The Trauma Controversy

Provides multiple and accessible perspectives on trauma both as a condition and as a cultural phenomenon.

Postphenomenology and Technoscience

Maps the future of phenomenological thought, accounting for how technology expands our means of experiencing the world.

Getting Lost

Marks the trajectory of the author’s work as a feminist methodologist.


Critically engages the work of the philosopher Don Ihde.

Karl Popper and the Social Sciences

The first systematic treatment of Karl Popper’s contribution to the philosophy of the social sciences.

The Active Life

A sustained reflection on philosopher John William Miller and the metaphysical presuppositions and implications of democracy.

Convergence amidst Difference

Engages contemporary European thought on a variety of philosophical topics.

The Participating Citizen

An in-depth biography of the philosopher who brought phenomenology to the social sciences.

Practice and the Human Sciences

Argues that the technical model of practice has limited applicability for the practices of care (teaching, nursing, social work, and psychotherapy).

Marx and Whitehead

A reading of Marx's critique of capitalism through the lens of process philosophy.

Experiences between Philosophy and Communication

Leading scholars address the work of American philosopher Calvin O. Schrag.

Ricoeur's Critical Theory

The first book-length treatment of Paul Ricoeur's conception of philosophy as critical theory.

Articulated Experiences

Analyzes new social movements and their ramifications for social and political theory.

Between Reason and History

The first book-length treatment in English of Habermas’s theory of social evolution and progress.

Ricoeur as Another

Leading scholars address Paul Ricoeur's last major work, Oneself as Another.

Beyond Friendship and Eros

Explores deep intimate personal relationships between men and women.

Primal Scenes of Communication

Proposes a new theory of communication called "comparative media theory. "

Woodcutters and Witchcraft

Uncovers the methodological principles that govern interpretive change.

Art, Alienation, and the Humanities

Illustrates how Marcuse's theory sheds new light on current debates in both education and society involving issues of multiculturalism, postmodernism, civic education, the "culture wars," critical thinking, and critical literacy.

Dewey Reconfigured

Addresses recent perspectives central to the interpretation and criticism of Dewey’s philosophy.

Order Without Rules

Questions whether the logic of language underlying Habermas's theory of communicative action is in fact the defining feature of conversational practice.

The Work of Friendship

Develops a theory of friendship as a space that is neither public nor private.

Process, Praxis, and Transcendence

Presents a North American philosophy of liberation that defends both metaphysics and philosophy of religion, and acts as a critique of neo-imperialism.

The Last Conceptual Revolution

A critique of Rorty's own provocative political philosophy, as well as an in-depth look at both the issues concerning the relationship between the public and the private, and arguments on the role of reason in liberal political discourse generally.

Solidarity and Difference

Transcends the dichotomy between modernism and postmodernism by arguing for an ethically based notion of solidarity tolerant of radical difference.

Ecstatic Subjects, Utopia, and Recognition

Interweaves elements of Kristevan and Heideggerian thought in order to reconstruct a linguistically embedded, existentially and affectively rich, dialectical model of willed self-regulation.

Speech and Political Practice

Argues that rebuilding ethical communities will require a cultural reorientation from visually dominated to oral/aural experience and develops a speech-based conception of moral place that can set limits on the actions of individuals and communities.

Memory, Identity, Community

This multidisciplinary volume documents the resurrection of the importance of narrative to the study of individuals and groups and argues that narrative may become a lingua franca of future debates in the human sciences.

Mapping Reality

Using the insights of evolutionary epistemology, the author develops a new naturalist realist methodology of science, and applies it to the conceptual, practical, and ethical problems of the social sciences.

The Magic Mirror

Analyzes the theories of myth of Cassirer, Barthes, Eliade, and Hillman and offers an alternative original account of myth-making as an essential strand of cultural production.

Hegel's Dialectic of Desire and Recognition

Presents three generations of German, French, and Anglo-American thinking on the Hegelian narrative of desire, recognition, and alienation in life, labor, and language.

Marx, Hayek, and Utopia

Develops a critique of utopianism through a comparison of the works of Karl Marx and F. A. Hayek, challenging conventional views of both Marxian and Hayekian thought.

Rethinking Knowledge

This is an exploration of modernism and postmodernism in regard to knowledge: methods of inquiry, operations of the mind, the role of values, conceptions of self, and the problematic of reason.

Recovering Pragmatism's Voice

This book focuses on what pragmatism tells us about the nature and function of communication. Its goals are to recover a singular voice of pragmatism, and to identify and develop alternative methods and ...

Critique, Action, and Liberation

Critique, Action, and Liberation is an original work in critical social theory that develops an approach to and method for social and political science. Drawing on the work of Habermas, Marcuse, Adorno, ...

Ideology and False Consciousness

In this book Christopher Pines demonstrates that Karl Marx conceived of ideology as false consciousness. He shows how the different meanings of false consciousness found in the writings of Marx and Engels ...

Interpretation and Explanation in the Human Sciences

Henderson examines the foundations of an analytic social science approach to develop a well-integrated account of the human sciences, focusing on the pivotal notions of interpretation and explanation. ...

Critical Reasoning in Contemporary Culture

Here we have, for the first time in a single volume, diverse perspectives on the meaning, conditions, and goals of critical reasoning in contemporary culture. Part One emphasizes critical reasoning and ...

Habermas's Critical Theory of Society

This book provides an understanding of the content and aims of Habermas's critical theory of society — the theory that analyzes the causes of our cultural lack of direction, polical apathy, and the ...

Philosophy, Social Theory, and the Thought of George Herbert Mead

This book brings together some of the finest recent critical and expository work on Mead, written by American and European thinkers from diverse traditions. For English-speaking audiences it provides ...

Video Icons & Values

This book focuses on the most powerful agency of value formation in our time — the video image as purveyed through television and mass media. Special attention is given to the impact of television on ...

Social Sensitivity

The author develops a phenomenological theory of the social structure of immediate experience. At the heart of this study is a theory of habitual sensitivity that originates in the writings of Maurice ...

The Logic of Marx's Capital

Beginning with "value" and "commodity" at the start of Volume I in Marx's major work, and progressing step-by-step to the end of Volume III, Smith establishes in detail that Capital is a systematic theory ...

The AIDS Notebooks

This book reflects on the meaning of contemporary life in the light of diverse social reactions to AIDS. Drawing on personal interviews with gay men in Montreal, newspaper reports, government action, ...

Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences

This book expands the concept of the nature of science and provides a practical research alternative for those who work with people and organizations.

Using literary criticism, philosophy, and history, ...