The authors examine the nature of the relationship between social
science and philosophy and address the sort of work social science
should do, and the role and sorts of claims that an accompanying
philosophy should engage in. In particular, the authors reintroduce the
question of ontology, an area long overlooked by philosophers of social
science, and present a cricital engagement with the work of Roy Bhaskar.
The book argues against the excesses of philosophising and commits
itself to a philosophical approach more deeply grounded in the social