Microfoundations, Method, and Causation: On the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

@article{Srensen1999MicrofoundationsMA,
  title={Microfoundations, Method, and Causation: On the Philosophy of the Social Sciences},
  author={A. B. S{\o}rensen and D. Little},
  journal={Contemporary Sociology},
  year={1999},
  volume={28},
  pages={482}
}
The convergence of inexactness and intelligibility in social phenomena makes social and historical inquiry fascinating. The social world is not chaotic and social processes are not unrelated strings of events. We can explain social patterns in ways that illuminate social outcomes. At the same time, the social world does not constitute a closed, determined system of variables and outcomes, in the same way that quantum chemistry systemizes the properties of all physical structures. Instead, the… Expand
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