This is a book on the philosophy of political science. It could have been a book on the philosophy of social science, but to cover the broader remit of this discipline in the way I have tried to do for political science would have involved my learning a lot more about what goes on in other social sciences, such as economics, sociology, history (yes, history is a social science) and particularly psychology and social psychology, of which I know less. Nevertheless, I hope it might be of some interest to social scientists in disciplines beyond political science. It is not a methods book as such. It does not try to teach any political science methods, although I discuss various methods and what one might achieve with them, and make some recommendations as to how to go about studying some issues. The principal aim of the book is to examine some philosophical issues through the lens of political science methodology. In order to do that, I need to cover a little ground on relevant methods and discuss their justification; for a full grounding in methods, the reader will need to consult the texts referred to in this book.
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