A Poetic for Sociology

A Poetic for Sociology

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For too long, argues Richard Harvey Brown, social scientists have felt forced to choose between imitating science's empirical methodology and impersonating a romantic notion of art, the methods of which are seen as primarily a matter of intuition, interpretation, and opinion. Developing the idea of a qcognitive aesthetic, q Brown shows how both science and arta€”as well as the human studies that stand between thema€”depend on metaphoric thinking as their qlogic of discoveryq and may be assessed in terms of such aesthetic criteria of adequacy as economy, elegance, originality, scope, congruence, and form. By recognizing this qaestheticq common ground between science and art, Brown demonstrates that a fusion can be achieved within the human sciences of these two principal ideals of knowledgea€”the scientific or positivist one and the artistic or intuitive one. A path, then, is opened for creating a knowledge of ourselves and society which is at once objective and subjective, at once valid scientifically and significantly humane.data that is presumed, few would argue that this limitation disbars the essay from membership in the functionalist camp. The second essay, ex- plicity indebted to Parsons, relates aquot;Social Patterns of Illness and Medical Care, aquot; finding that ... In phenomenological sociology, for example, the writings of Berger and Luckman on the construction of reality, ... Bernard Berelson, a leading behaviorist, gives credit for the substitution of this label for aquot;social scienceaquot; to the Ford Foundation.

Title:A Poetic for Sociology
Author: Richard Harvey Brown
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1989-03-07

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