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Sociology is not, cannot be, and should not be a science.

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"Sociology is not, cannot be, and should not be a science." "Sociology is not, cannot be, and should not be a science." Such a damning statement throughout much of the scientific domain exists nowadays as well as equally opposing views of sociology being a science. How can such a debate be put to rest? Within this debate defining terminology is seminal in understanding; science can be described as any system of knowledge which attempts to model objective reality. In a more restricted sense, science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge based on the scientific method, as well as to the organized body of knowledge gained through such research. Also within this debate are two theoretical positions; positivism and interpretivism. ...read more.


From this standpoint, using the definition of science mentioned above, sociology is a science. Sociology is not a science. Thomas Kuhn argued that socilogy was not scientific on the grounds that the two fields were operating in different ways. Science, Kuhn theorised, exists in formations of paradigms that explain the natural world whereas sociology, in its abstract concept, exists in a pre-pardigmatic form thus rendering it pre-scientific. Such a view was shaped based on the contrasts between evidence in the two fields and its relationship with us and the field itself. Ofcourse, as with any other hot debate there is a perpsective on this that falls somehwere in between; I suppose one might question whether sociology is or is not a science but if we look at all sociological research, all theory, all methods and key theorists, another question seems more suffice: under what circumstances is sociology a science? ...read more.


Society and henceforth sociology is by no means the same regardless of the use of scientific method. Unlike much of the natural world studied in science, such as physics, society does not produce the same results in measures of the same variable; it seems that, like human relationships or even human thought, society is subjectivley something in complete continuity, always in a state of change, never resonating the same way on any given day; society is not an objective reality but a subjective phenomena and with this the definition of science mentioned does not credit sociology as being a science - this 'reality' is too complicated and "Sociology is not, cannot be, and should not be a science." ...read more.

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