Social Problems

Michael Root

in Value-Free Science?

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780195308969
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199867608 | DOI:
  Social Problems

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This chapter examines the sociology of sociological problems. The first section describes the history of the sociological study of social problems. The second explains how the history has been shaped by Weber's views on value freedom. The third shows why a study of social problems cannot be silent on questions of right and wrong and, at the same time, be socially relevant, and the fourth section considers whether a study can be both value laden and objective or scientific.

Keywords: sociology; Weber; value freedom; right and wrong; objective

Chapter.  6840 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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