Beyond Social Science Naturalism: The Case for Ecumenical Interpretivism

Cornel Ban*

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The epistemological and methodological wars that bedevil social science often pit those who follow in the footsteps of natural science and those who favor a more holistic, interpretive approach. Into this war-torn landscape, Mark Bevir and Jason Blakley have dropped a plea for interpretive social science that will surely serve as a touchstone for years to come. However, their anti-naturalism is of the methodologically ecumenical kind, with the qualitative toolkit cohabiting with mass surveys, large-N statistics, and other quantitative methods under well-specified conditions. The book’s insights therefore dovetail with emerging ecumenical trends in international political economy and even economics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Review
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)454-461
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019


  • Holism
  • International political economy
  • Interpretivism
  • Jason Blakely
  • Mark Bevir
  • Naturalism

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