Discusses the epistemological character of the social sciences, including the character and explanatory role of social scientific generalizations, various explanatory strategies for social matters, the continuity or discontinuity of the social sciences with the special sciences, the importance of interpretation, and the place of rationality.

Prerequisites: All 400-level philosophy courses have a prerequisite of 9 hours of philosophy, or permission of the instructor. All 800-level philosophy courses have a prerequisite of graduate standing, or permission of the instructor.

Frequency: Every other year.