Implications of the methodology of the physical sciences for the social sciences

Dialectica 16 (3):255-274 (1962)
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The attempt of modern social science to follow the methods of the physical sciences in seeking verification of its theories by statistical techniques is a result of an outmoded view of the methods of the physicist. The decisive element in verifying a theory is not the amassing of large bodies of data but insightful judgment into a relatively few cases. Because the will is primary in scientific activity, scientific statements, particularly those of social science, have the same cognitive status as religious and ethical beliefs. Continued disagreements are, therefore, inevitable in the social sciences



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