Erkenntnis 79 (S8):1393-1412 (2014)

Wolfgang Balzer
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
We clarify the notions scientific process and social process with structuralist means. Three questions are formulated, and answered in the structuralistic, set-theoretic framework. What is a scientific process, and a process in science? What can be meant by a non-social process? In which sense a non-social process can be a part of a scientific process in social science? We are specifically interested in social processes. Our answers use the notion of the generalized subset relation applied to set-theoretical structures, and the set of structuralistically reconstructed empirical theories
Keywords Social process  Scientific process  Process  Theory  Structure  Neighbourhood
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-013-9574-9
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