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 Social Problems

Michael Root

in Value-Free Science?: Ideals and Illusions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195308969
eISBN:
9780199867608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308969.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter examines the sociology of sociological problems. The first section describes the history of the sociological study of social problems. The second explains how the history has been shaped ... More


Max Weber and the End of the Historicist Tradition

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199691555
eISBN:
9780191731839
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691555.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The final chapter is a close examination of Weber's views on historical explanation, historical objectivity and value freedom. The first sections consider Weber's intellectual background, especially ... More


Can the Science of Well-Being Be Objective?

Anna Alexandrova

in A Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780199300518
eISBN:
9780190677213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199300518.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

As an object of science, well-being is unusual in that its study relies on a normative standard. Even when the requisite theory justifying this standard is available, deep disagreements about values ... More


Value-freeness and Value-neutrality in the Analysis of Political Concepts

Ian Carter

in Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Volume 1

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199669530
eISBN:
9780191749377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669530.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter defends the use of value-free and value-neutral concepts in political philosophy. A concept is value-free if it is defined without using evaluative terms, whereas a concept is ... More


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