The Uses and Misuses of Data and Models: The Mathematization of the Human Sciences
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The Uses and Misuses of Data and Models: The Mathematization of the Human Sciences

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ISBN-13:
9780761909224
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.06.1998
Seiten:
224
Autor:
W. James Bradley
Gewicht:
349 g
Format:
233x150x14 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Shows how norms, values and purpose can and should become part of the discourse of all researchers - resulting in a more ethical and socially responsible research.
PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS
Oracles, Norms and Science
Modeling
Dreams and Disappointments
PART TWO: THE INFORMATION CYCLE
A Priori Influences on the Information Cycle
Measurement of Human Information
Limitations of Measurement in the Social Sciences
Information for Inferences
What Are Social Science Data?
Causality
Models and Policy Making
There can be no question that the amount of `human information' in our culture has increased by leaps and bounds. At the same time, discussion of values, norms and purpose is often missing from the discourse of social research - especially by those who work within the positivist framework. The authors of this book develop principles that can guide the use of data and models in the human sciences. Writing as scholars who are at home with empirical and mathematical social science, yet taking seriously the critiques of this heritage, they propose ways of developing norms without becoming subjective.