The Objectivism of the Scientistic Approach

Edited by Bruce Caldwell

in Studies on the Abuse and Decline of Reason

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780226321097
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226321127 | DOI:
The Objectivism of the Scientistic Approach

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This chapter contrasts the specific procedure of the social sciences with the most characteristic aspects of the attempts to treat their object after the fashion of the natural sciences. The attitude which, for want of a better term, this essay call the “objectivism” of the scientistic approach to the study of man and society, has found its most characteristic expression in the various attempts to dispense with the subjective knowledge of the working of the human mind, attempts that in various forms have affected almost all branches of social study. The significant point about the objects of human activity with which this chapter is concerned in the social sciences, and about these human activities themselves, is that, in interpreting human activities, it spontaneously and unconsciously classes together as instances of the same object or the same act any one of a large number of physical facts that may have no physical property in common.

Keywords: objectivism; scientistic approach; social science; social phenomena; social interactions; positivists; social behavior; human behavior; economic planning

Chapter.  4806 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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