A conversation between
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University College, Swansea and Ernest Gellner
Reader in Sociology
University of London
In his book The Idea of a Social Science Peter Winch argues against the prevalent idea that the natural sciences provide a suitable model for understanding and solving all problems. In particular, he urges that a philosophical rather than scientific type of enquiry is appropriate for the understanding of human life in society. Ernest Gellner believes that this misrepresents what is involved in social enquiry.
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