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Sociology and The Natural Sciences

Sociology is the study of society as well as the pursuit of knowledge regarding human social activities however, the entity’s legitimacy as a science is a concept worth discussion. Although sociology is different at face value than the natural sciences, the two possess fundamental similarities by which problems are recognized and explained. With the explanation of why sociology is a science, the next step would be to specify what type of science sociology is and how it relates to the natural sciences.
Karl Popper is an often cited philosopher when addressing the concern of sociology as a science and by his logical explanation of science one can easily deduce that sociology is a science. In his article problems are discussed as the source of knowledge and that science pursues problems to determine answers so that we may gain awareness and understanding. Therefore, the scientific process begins with observation so that we may find as Popper states “something [which] is not quite in order with our knowledge, with our expectations, with our theories” (89) or rather an unexplained prob…

 

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