Epistemology of Social Sciences

The objective of this course is twofold:

i) The clarification and systematization of the main concepts involved in the theory and practice of the social and human sciences (concept, judgment, theory, paradigm, confirmation/information, apodictic evidence, astertoric evidence, explanation, understanding, induction, deduction etc.)
ii) The assimilation of the main doctrinaire elaborations of these elements within the tradition of modern and post-modern epistemology (rationalism, empiricism, critical rationalism, positivism, naturalism, pragmatism, phenomenology etc.).

Basically, the aim of this course is not so much informational as heuristic. It seeks not so much to teach what to think, as how to think and approach various issues in the field of the social and human sciences.