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The impossibility of sociology as a science: arguments from within the discipline

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    SYSNO ASEP0508708
    Document TypeJ - Journal Article
    R&D Document TypeJournal Article
    Subsidiary JČlánek ve WOS
    TitleThe impossibility of sociology as a science: arguments from within the discipline
    Author(s) Balon, Jan (FLU-F)
    Holmwood, John (FLU-F)
    Source TitleJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour - ISSN 0021-8308
    Roč. 49, č. 3 (2019), s. 334-347
    Number of pages14 s.
    Publication formPrint - P
    Languageeng - English
    CountryGB - United Kingdom
    Keywordsideology ; interpretive understanding ; positivism ; scientific sociology ; social criticism
    Subject RIVAA - Philosophy ; Religion
    OBOR OECDPhilosophy, History and Philosophy of science and technology
    Způsob publikováníOpen access
    Institutional supportFLU-F - RVO:67985955
    UT WOS000483671300005
    EID SCOPUS85064645726
    AnnotationThis paper addresses a key moment in the development of sociology when its status as a science was criticised from within by ethnomethodologists (Harvey Sacks and Harold Garfinkel), post-Althusserian Marxists (Barry Hindess) and Michel Foucault. These criticisms seemed to come from different sides, but they converged in arguing their positions from the point of view of a proper conception of science through which mainstream sociology was found wanting. Neither secured its own position and each had a similar legacy of a form of interpretivism hostile both to scientific sociology and its critical project. The paper situates this moment and its legacy where both correspondence and coherence criteria for sociological knowledge claims come to be undermined.
    WorkplaceInstitute of Philosophy
    ContactKaňková Božena,, Tel: 221 183 360
    Year of Publishing2020
    Electronic address
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