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date: 23 April 2021

(p. xi) Preface

(p. xi) Preface

This volume results from a collaborative effort in several respects. All but two of the chapters were presented in draft form at a conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. The contributors made for a lively and thoughtful audience, and I am sure their comments at the conference substantially improved the chapters. After written drafts were submitted, each contributor commented on one or two other contributions in some detail. In addition, Steve Morgan, Christopher Winship, Don Ross, Gary Goertz, and Aviezer Tucker all provided useful comments on the initial proposal that led to significant improvements.

This topics represented in this handbook are shaped by several things. This volume is preceded by another: H. Kincaid and D. Ross, eds., Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Economics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). As a result, little discussion of economics has been included in this volume. The aim of the volume was to promote philosophy of science in the naturalist vein that engaged with ongoing current controversies in social research (as explained and defended in the introduction), and the chapters included strongly reflect that goal.

I want to thank UAB’s Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences for support in organizing the conference for the volume, and Peter Ohlin at Oxford University Press for encouragement and advice. (p. xii)