Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 263–284 | Cite as

Sociology as a science

An essay on the roots of the “scientific method” and its relationship to the pursuit of sociology
  • David V. McQueen


Presented here is an overview from the standpoints of sociology, history of science, philosophy of science and “pure science” of the lingering question of whether sociology is a form of scientific pursuit. The conclusion is drawn that sociology barely meets any of the rigid criteria traditionally associated with the natural sciences. Sociology is viewed as having a position of theory and argument which is labeled “inconoclastic scepticism.”


Natural Science Scientific Pursuit Pure Science Rigid Criterion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David V. McQueen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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