Departing from a concern with certain 'hard' problems in social theory and focusing instead on the theoretical strategies
employed in their solution, especially on how these strategies depend on what the author calls the theoretical attitude towards
language, this book considers whether these strategies, far from being indispensable guides to thinking, might in fact lead
social theorists to misunderstand the concepts constitutive of social life. Making use of the insights and practice of Ordinary
Language Philosophy, understood as encompassing the work of Wittgenstein, Ryle, Austin and their followers, Clarity and Confusion
in Social Theory reveals the profound logical flaws in some of the central methodological procedures often employed in social
theory for dealing with concepts, offering alternative approaches to social scientists and philosophers for tackling the conceptual
issues that have so bedevilled social science from its inception. A lucid explication of Ordinary Language Philosophy and
the potential that it offers for deepening and re-orienting theoretical work in the social sciences, this volume, apart from
being a challenge to the influential Critical Realist paradigm, constitutes a radical critique of social theoretical reason.
As such, it will appeal to social theorists and philosophers of social science, those with interests in research methods and
theory construction, and anyone interested in thinking clearly about society.