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Patterns of discovery in the social sciences. (reprint, 1971).


Patterns of discovery in the social sciences. (reprint, 1971)

Diesing, Paul.



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This is a paperbound reprint of a 1971 book. Diesing, professor emeritus of political science from SUNY Buffalo, considers here how social scientists come to conclusions in their work. What are their methods and are all equally valid? In his study, he found four main methods: working from formal theories and models, participant-observer and clinical methods, experimentation and statistical survey research. His findings may be controversial in the field. He believes that a scientific rigor is necessary for accuracy but defines scientific method as whatever scientists do. He also makes a case for a holistic treatment of the data collected, mindful that human beings are each a unique assembly of experiences.

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