Interactive Classification and Practice in the Social Sciences

Poroi 6 (2):62-80 (2010)
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Abstract

This paper examines the ways in which social scientific discourse and classification interact with the objects of social scientific investigation. I examine this interaction in the context of the traditional philosophical project of demarcating the social sciences from the natural sciences. I begin by reviewing Ian Hacking’s work on interactive classification and argue that there are additional forms of interaction that must be treated.

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Matthew L. Drabek
University of Iowa

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