Interactive Classification and Practice in the Social Sciences

Poroi 6 (2):62-80 (2010)
Abstract
This paper examines the ways in which social scientific discourse and classification interact with the objects of social scientific investigation. I examine this interaction in the context of the traditional philosophical project of demarcating the social sciences from the natural sciences. I begin by reviewing Ian Hacking’s work on interactive classification and argue that there are additional forms of interaction that must be treated.
Keywords science studies  interactive kind  social practices  taxonomy  scientific classification  Ian Hacking  feedback loop  feedback bias
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