Philosophical Approaches to Social Sciences

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Social sciences have been pitted against natural sciences whereby scientists have drawn comparisons between the two and have examined both in regards to various aspects.[ ][ ] Unfortunately for the former, the comparison has resulted in an inferior status which has been embraced by some social scientists themselves.

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Research PaperFirst DraftHashim Kaleem2014-02-0454Can laws in the Social sciences be like laws in the Natural Sciences?Social sciences have been pitted against natural sciences whereby scientists have drawn comparisons between the two and have examined both in regards to various aspects.[1][2] Unfortunately for the former, the comparison has resulted in an inferior status which has been embraced by some social scientists themselves. One of the major reasons why a secondary status has been associated to social sciences is the alleged inability of social sciences to produce laws. Scientific laws, as argued by many, lend credibility to a particular field of science as it is presumed that explanations offered by that science almost always implicitly invokes laws which in turn strengthen these explanations. Kincaid states the reason for this in Defending laws in the Social Sciences as explanations become far more compelling if their explanatory statements are well-testified which follows repeatable manipulation of data in a controlled environment. This process itself requires laws and results in newer laws. In Kincaids own words, Laws, explanation and confirmation go hand in hand.3Having established a general significance of laws in sciences, I shall now move on to discussing the possibility of laws in the social sciences. In the course of this paper, I will first introduce the opposition against laws in the social sciences analyzing

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