“Artificial societies” and the social sciences.
Lansing, J. Stephen.
Date of Issue2002
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Discusses the argument on the logic of social sciences. Logical views from Karl Popper in his speech in the German Sociological Association in 1961; Critical response from Theodor Adorno; Identification of the argument as a 'positivist dispute'; Popper's attack against the inductivist and naturalist concepts of science; Focus on descriptive statistics in the analysis of social forces.
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