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  • Benefits Of Social Science
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    The Dual Nature of the Progressive Era One common misconception is to view the Progressive movement as a unified core of reform-minded crusaders dedicated to improving the social welfare of American society. While this viewpoint is not entirely incorrect, it is only a partial and thereby misleading assessment of the movement that categorized the early part of the nineteenth-century. What some may fail to appreciate is the duality of the period-the cry for social welfare reforms juxtaposed agains...
  • Comte And Engels's Scientific Pattern In Sociology
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    Is Social Science Scientific? Sociology is undoubtedly a logical science; it has the characteristics that other sciences have, its own theories that can be proved, as well as having systematic theories and laws. John Maynard Keynes refuted the many statements made by Auguste Comte and Friedrich Engels, simply he described social sciences as "illogical" and "dull". Thus, without providing any sufficient evidence, he had not proven that, in fact, sociology is not scientific. Auguste Comte regularl...
  • Quote Huxley
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    [E] very time a savage tracks his game he employs a minuteness of observation, and an accuracy of inductive and deductive reasoning which, applied to other matters, would assure some reputation as a man of science [T] he intellectual labour of a "good hunter or warrior" considerably exceeds that of an ordinary Englishman. Thomas H. Huxley The following analysis is a critical look at the quote of Thomas Henry Huxley. First I will discuss why I was drawn to this particular text. Secondly, I will w...
  • Logical Positivism
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    Positivism is a trend in bourgeois philosophy, which acknowledges the orthodoxy towards empirical knowledge of natural phenomena where metaphysics and theology are regarded as inadequate and imperfect systems of knowledge. Positivism, began to rise as the main intellectual movement during the second half of the 19th century in response to the inability of speculative philosophy, witch was indeed Romanticism. During the first half of 19th century, the Romanticism brought new views that helped the...
  • Merton's Social Theory Of Science
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    The aim of this essay is to compare and contrast the social theories of science as proposed by Merton, Barnes and Feyerabend; and to determine if these theories support the suggestion that science is part of Weber's rationalisation process. In order to achieve this aim, Weber's account of formal rationalisation will be summarised. Additionally, Weber's paradigm case, the structure of modern bureaucracies, will be used as an illustration of this process. Evaluation of the social science theories ...
  • Lise Meitner
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    Meitner Lise Biography and Social / Historical context Alan Li 10/12 Lise Meitner was born in Vienna, Austria in 1868. Her parents placed great value on education, and she was educated privately, by personal tutor. It was during her youth that she discovered her talent and interest in mathematics and physics. She focused on these two subjects, and was able to pass the entrance exams for Vienna University, a prestigious institution attended by such luminaries as Freud. She was the second woman to...
  • More Radical Approach To Interpretive Research Methods
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    There can be no doubt regarding the respect in which the founders of sociology held science. Auguste Comte, founder of the term sociology, believed that. ".. scientific knowledge about society could be accumulated and used to improve human existence". (vanKiren et al, 2000, pg 588) Due to the differing subject matter of the social sciences to that of the natural sciences, many sociologist believe that the methods used by natural sciences to conduct research are inappropriate and limited when con...
  • Succession Of Paradigms In Social Science
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    The Thesis Science has progressed by providing powerful predictions and explanations about how the world works. Natural science has experienced a sustained growth of knowledge, which has led to the uncovering of laws that allow human beings to control or manipulate various aspects of the world around us. A sustained growth of knowledge and the discovery of useful laws are absent from social science. The social sciences fail to live up to the success of the natural sciences. The First Objection t...
  • Quality Of Science Students
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    1. What was Galileo's achievement? Galileo's achievement was to discredit, once and for all, the long - cherished view that the earth is the centre of a universe whose sole purpose is the sustaining of human life. The world, Galileo claimed is not always as we see it. He went on further to suggest that overnight we humans became bit - part players in a drama whose stage dwarfed us by its magnificence, in a plot for which we were at best a minor footnote. Galileo marked the end of a long haul up ...
  • Natural Versus Social Sciences
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    Natural versus Social Sciences: "An Eye to Designing the Future?" or Concentration on Present Forms? Although the term 'body of knowledge' is widely used to describe the cumulative body of all knowledge known by all mankind, this phrase demonstrates a hasty generalization. In fact, this statement is misleading, if not completely erroneous. There are, in essence, two distinct types of knowing with two opposite focuses. The first way of knowing, experimental science, concerns itself with how vario...

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