A reconsideration on the method of economic and social sciences: Procedure, rules, classifications

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This essay begins with an examination of the differences between natural reality and social reality, but along lines different from those of the traditional Methodenstreit. The aim is to clarify the methodological implications of these differences, which appear essential to proper motivation of the objectives, purposes, and the very existence of social economics. The analysis pays a particular attention to identifying some procedures useful in formulating general principles and, more broadly, to achieve some robust notions notwithstanding the growing intensification, in modern society, of innovation. A main result of the research is that it permits an unambiguous distinction between the aspects that express necessity and those that can be the object of choice in the organization and development of economic and social systems, and a peculiar treatment of ethical-ideological aspects.

Keywords: Classification; Social Change; Social Economics

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/03068290410529353

Publication date: May 1, 2004

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