A New Foundation for the Social Sciences? Searle’s Misreading of Durkheim

@article{Bjerre2015ANF,
  title={A New Foundation for the Social Sciences? Searle’s Misreading of Durkheim},
  author={J{\o}rn Bjerre},
  journal={Philosophy of the Social Sciences},
  year={2015},
  volume={45},
  pages={53 - 82}
}
  • Jørn Bjerre
  • Published 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
The aim of John Searle’s philosophy of society is to provide a foundation for the social sciences. Arguing that the study of social reality needs to be based on a philosophy of language, Searle claims that sociology has little to offer since no sociologist ever took language seriously. Attacking Durkheim head-on, Searle not only claims that Durkheim’s project differs from his own but also that Durkheim’s sociology has serious shortcomings. Opposing Searle, this paper argues that Durkheim’s… Expand
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