Mathematical Modeling in Social Science

  • Mario Bunge
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 44)


Until a few decades ago social structures and social processes were usually regarded as inexpressible in mathematical terms. This negative attitude towards the possibility of mathematical sociology betrayed a faulty understanding of both mathematics and sociology. Indeed, it presupposed that mathematics, when applied, is applied to the objects or referents of the discourse, and it presupposed that the method of science consists in the set of techniques employed in the physical sciences. Thus the famous, or rather infamous, dichotomy between the Naturwissenschaften and the Geisteswissenschaften was reinforced by a wrong philosophy of mathematics and of science.


Semipermeable Membrane Human Migration Explanatory Hypothesis Ternary Relation Physical Analog 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
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  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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