Evidential pluralism in the social sciences

In order to establish a causal claim, one needs to establish both that the putative cause and effect are correlated and that there is a mechanism linking the former to the latter that can explain this correlation. This evidential pluralism thesis has led to some very fruitful work in the philosophy of the biomedical sciences and to suggestions for improvements to evidence-based medicine. This project will investigate whether the thesis also applies to the social sciences. Can it be used to provide foundations for ‘mixed methods research’ in the social sciences? Can it lead to improvements in evidence-based social policy?

This project is supported by the Leverhulme Trust and runs for 3 years from 1st September 2019. The investigators are Jon Williamson (PI) and Yafeng Shan (RA).






16-17 July 2020: Workshop on evidential pluralism in the social sciences. To attend please contact Yafeng Shan

26 November 2019: Symposium on analogical reasoning. To attend please contact Yafeng Shan