After Positivism

In this talk where he discusses previous presentations, Professor Daniel Little talks about what should come after positivism for social sciences. He argues that social sciences have suffered heavily from the twin pillars of positivism and naturalism. The question that we face now, Professor Little claims, is what should be our new direction.

The discussion is from History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences Symposium that took place at University of Michigan on September 29, 2016. The symposium examined the history and philosophy of the social sciences, bringing together lines of inquiry that often exist separately. Symposium participants included philosophers, historians, and sociologists. What is shared by the disciplines and methods represented in the symposium was a turn inward, to treat intellectuals, disciplines, institutions, and systems of ideas in the social sciences as objects of research in themselves.

Categories: Social Theory


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