Theoretical Logic in Sociology, Volume 1: Positivism, by Jeffrey C. Alexander

By Jeffrey C. Alexander

This quantity starts off through not easy the bases of the new scientization of sociology. Then it demanding situations a few of the bold claims of modern theoretical debate. the writer not just reinterprets crucial classical and glossy sociological theories yet extracts from the debates the weather of a extra passable, inclusive method of those basic theoretical issues.

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110t It is in the context of these problematic aspects of Kuhn's work that the recent formulations of Gerald Holton assume great importance. While Kuhn's later statements represent a narrowing focus on the more specific empirically-oriented segment of the scientific continuum, Holton's focus remains directed at the most general, metaphysically oriented elements of scientific thought. " "We are lead," he writes "to introduce the recognition of the existence and even the necessity at certain stages in the growth of science, of unverifiable, unfalsifiable, and yet not-quite-arbitrary hypotheses [in order to explain] the sometimes quite flagrant neglect of 'experimental evidence' when such evidence is contrary to a given thematic commitment.

He argues that the experiment cannot be viewed as the starting point for the purely empirical 24 Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies induction of theoretical generalizations, as spokesmen for the positivist persuasion have described it. " 94 For this reason, theoretical argument cannot possibly be transformed into an empirical confrontation carried out in terms of experimental logic. "Obviously, the choice of the language, the decision to employ it, could not be determined by the experience which its use was to make possible.

111 Equally important, whereas Kuhn's analysis of both specific and general elements lends itself to cognitive reduction and the simplification of scientific complexity, Holton carefully acknowledges the independent contributions of those intellectual elements located at a more empirically oriented level of the scientific continuum than the one he has chosen to describe. Holton has defined nine different components of scientific thought, conceptualizing "themata" as one among three distinctively different dimensions into which these components can be divided.

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