The Hierarchy of the Sciences?

@article{Cole1983TheHO,
  title={The Hierarchy of the Sciences?},
  author={Stephen Cole},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1983},
  volume={89},
  pages={111 - 139}
}
  • S. Cole
  • Published 1 July 1983
  • Education
  • American Journal of Sociology
For 200 years it has been assumed that the sciences are arranged in a hierarchy, with developed natural sciences like physics at the top and social sciences like sociology at the bottom. Sciences at the top of the hierarchy presumably display higher levels of consensus and more rapid rates of advancement than those at the bottom. A distinction is made between two classes of knowledge: the core, or fully evaluated and universally accepted ideas which serve as the starting points for graduate… 
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