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The Foundations of Social Research Ch 2

The Foundations of Social Research Ch 2



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Published by Lindsay R. Calhoun
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Published by: Lindsay R. Calhoun on Sep 06, 2007
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The Foundations of Social Research
Chapter Two:PositivismThe March of Science
The Foundations of Social Research
Etymology of the Word “positivism”
“positive” not to be used in contrast with“negative,” or confused with value judgmentslike “right/wrong,” “good/bad”
With positivism we are referring to “somethingthat is posited i.e, something that is given.”
Direct experience, not speculation is theepistemology
What is posited (or given) in direct experienceis what is observed…
The Foundations of Social Research
Auguste Comte
Interested in the development of acomprehensive social science.
Wanted to apply the scientific method to thestudy of society and human beings for their benefit
Even though trained in mathematics,recognized the limitations in applyingscientific methods to human society

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