world as ‘scientific’ would amount to no more than the claim that social science holds the same set of socially constructed values as natural science. In Chapter 4 I will return to this debate about the social character of science and in Chapter 6 the question of objectivity and social context, but in the next chapter I want to consider the case for the social sciences as ‘scientific’ in the narrower sense of whether or not its investigations can proceed in the same or similar ways to those of the physical world.
Suggested further reading
Gower, B. (1997) Scientific Method: An Historical and Philosophical Introduction, London: Routledge.
Newton-Smith, W. (1981) The Rationality of Science, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Sanitt, N. (1996) Science as a Questioning Process, Bristol: Institute of Physics.
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Book title: Science and Social Science:An Introduction.
Contributors: Malcolm Williams - Author.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 48.
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