Theory Development

17. Author Biography

Stephen Turner, PhD is Graduate Research Professor at the University of South Florida. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri. He is the author of a number of books on the history and philosophy of social science and statistics, including The Search for a Methodology of Social Science: Durkheim, Weber, and the Nineteenth Century Problem of Cause, Probability, and Action. (1986). He is the co-author of the standard one-volume history of American Sociology, The Impossible Science (1990). He co-edited Causality in Crisis?: Statistical Methods and the Search for Causal Knowledge in the Social Sciences (1997). Among his current interests are the implications of cognitive neuroscience for social theory. He published Brains/Practices/Relativism: Social Theory after Cognitive Science in 2002, and a new book, Explaining the Normative, is in press. He was also co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology and Philosophy of Anthropology and Sociology in the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science series, both of which appeared in 2007. He has edited a four volume collection of classic papers on statistical approaches to causality, Causality, which is also in press. He has had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences.