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Dialectic as a General Method of Social Science: Varieties of Social Science Experience

  • Ian I. Mitroff
  • Richard O. Mason
Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLU, volume 25)

Abstract

There can be little doubt that what we have come to call scientific method has undergone significant transformation and development in this century and the last. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the social sciences. If the essence of method be identified with control, quantification, and measurement, then the ability of the social sciences to achieve these aims and thereby presumably to obtain method has increased considerably and continues to grow significantly. One of the basic theses of this chapter is that the social sciences are on the verge of a new and different type of revolution and development in method.

Keywords

Social Science Cognitive Style Conceptual Theorist Analytic Scientist Operational Scientist 
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Copyright information

© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian I. Mitroff
    • 1
  • Richard O. Mason
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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