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The Resource The saving lie : truth and method in the social sciences, F.G. Bailey

The saving lie : truth and method in the social sciences, F.G. Bailey

Label
The saving lie : truth and method in the social sciences
Title
The saving lie
Title remainder
truth and method in the social sciences
Statement of responsibility
F.G. Bailey
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This book explores the distinction between selflessness and self-interestedness, between acting for one's own advantage and acting, even when disadvantageous, for reasons of duty or conscience. This apparently straightforward contrast (exemplified in the difference between rational-choice models in economics and holistic models in social anthropology) is a source of confusion. This is so, F.G. Bailey argues, because people polarize and essentialize both actors and actions and uphold one or the other side of the contrast as concrete reality, as the truth about how the social world works. The task of The Saving Lie is to show that both versions are convenient fictions, with instrumental rather than ontological significance: they are not about truth but about power. At best they are tools that enable us to make sense of our experience; at the same time they are weapons we deploy to define situations and thus exercise control. Bailey says that both models fail the test of empiricism: they can be at once immensely elegant and quite remote from anyone's experience in the real world. And since both models are 'saving lies, ' we should accept them as necessities, but only to the extent they are useful, and we should constantly remind ourselves of their limitations. The wrong course, according to Bailey, is to promote one model to the total exclusion of the other. Instead, we should take care to examine systematically the rhetoric used to promote these models not only in intellectual discourse but also in defining situations in everyday life. The book strongly and directly advocates a point of view that combines skepticism with a determination to anchor abstract argument in evidence. It is argumentative; it invites confrontation; yet it leaves many doors open for further thought."--Publisher description
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bailey, F. G.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social sciences
  • Ethics
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Ethics
  • Social sciences
Label
The saving lie : truth and method in the social sciences, F.G. Bailey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-206) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Ideas, Reality, and Saving Lies -- pt. I. Expediency -- 1. A Very Beautiful Theory -- 2. The Coase Recension and Its Lineage -- 3. Gains from Trade -- pt. II. Morality -- 4. Natural Systems and Moral Systems -- 5. Imaginative Constructs and Social Reality -- 6. A Piece of the Action -- pt. III. Agency and Rhetoric -- 7. Affirming Structure: The Amen Category -- 8. Contested Structures -- Conclusion: General Theses and Particular Cases
Control code
ocn859162352
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 213 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812201185
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35g1gv
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859162352
Label
The saving lie : truth and method in the social sciences, F.G. Bailey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-206) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Ideas, Reality, and Saving Lies -- pt. I. Expediency -- 1. A Very Beautiful Theory -- 2. The Coase Recension and Its Lineage -- 3. Gains from Trade -- pt. II. Morality -- 4. Natural Systems and Moral Systems -- 5. Imaginative Constructs and Social Reality -- 6. A Piece of the Action -- pt. III. Agency and Rhetoric -- 7. Affirming Structure: The Amen Category -- 8. Contested Structures -- Conclusion: General Theses and Particular Cases
Control code
ocn859162352
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 213 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812201185
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35g1gv
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859162352

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