The unbridgeable gap between the natural and social sciences?

Prpić, Katarina (2009) The unbridgeable gap between the natural and social sciences? In: Beyond the myths about the natural and social sciences: a sociological view. Edition Science and Society (28). Institut za društvena istraživanja, Zagreb, pp. 9-19. ISBN 978-953-6218-40-0

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A comprehensive empirical insight into the socio-cognitive specificities of the natural and social sciences was conceived in order to establish whether the sociological theories of science also built the myths on the great divide between these scientific areas. Instead of unitary and atomised models of science, we have developed a concept of complex socio-cognitive structure of science with some common social and intellectual features but also with the cognitive and social specificities of individual scientific fields. If modified in this direction, the theories of scientific organisations offer a fruitful, and the widest possible hypothetical framework for sociological empirical investigations of science. Such a theoretical approach, a complex methodology (combining both the quantitative and qualitative methods) as well as interdisciplinary perspective were necessary to provide an answer to the initial question whether the differences between these sciences are as deep as the dominant theories and typologies deem them to be.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Language: English. Publication is also published in Croatian. Title in Croatian: Nepremostivi jaz između prirodnih i društvenih znanosti? (URI:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science wars, natural sciences, social sciences, hard and soft sciences, theories of scientific organizations/fields, complex socio-cognitive structure of science(s) (ratovi znanosti, prirodne znanosti, društvene znanosti, tvrde i meke znanosti, teorije znanstvenih organizacija/polja, složena sociokognitivna struktura znanosti)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 13:31
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 10:49

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