Formal Theory in Sociology

Formal Theory in Sociology

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A group of renowned sociological theorists analyze why the attempts to make sociological theory formal in the 1960s and early 1970s failed. This becomes not only an unusual and interesting analysis in the sociology of knowledge, but several of the articles move to the level of analyzing the entire discipline, explaining why positivism did not take hold and what are the distinctive characteristics of sociology as a discipline. Anyone interested in sociology as a discipline and more specifically sociological theory will find interesting analytical models.But these strategies are quite independent of what is the ultimate object, namely the view of what formal theory is. The words aquot;formal theoryaquot; can even produce some debate and disagreement as a comparison of the opening of Cohena#39;s essay with that of Gibbsa#39; (first paper in this part). ... One answer is provided in Gibbsa#39; lament about the discursive mode. ... Turner most explicitly argues against the model used in physics and instead suggests that the best model is the one employed inanbsp;...

Title:Formal Theory in Sociology
Author: Jerald Hage
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1994

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