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).

NEW: We are advertising for a 1-year teaching and research position, with the research to contribute to the project. Deadline 1 March. Job advert. Job description. Further information about the project.


 

Publications

 

Activities and talks

16-17 July 2020: Evidential Pluralism and the social sciences. To attend please contact Yafeng Shan

10 March 2020: Symposium on analogical reasoning. To attend please contact Yafeng Shan

8-11 December 2019. Jon Williamson: The scope of Evidential Pluralism, NZAP 2019, Auckland.

4-6 December 2019. Jon Williamson: Evidential Pluralism as foundations for mixed methods research, MMIRA 2019, Wellington.

 

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