The phenomenological foundation of the social sciences
After discussing the need of all empirical sciences for a foundation in a non-empirical science outside of themselves, I argue that the social sciences need such a foundation for "practical" and theoretical reasons. I argue that phenomenological philosophy is well suited to provide it by setting the assumptions made by the social sciences within a broader framework of systematically examined beliefs, but philosophical reflection cannot replace the empirical research specific to the social sciences.
Nenon, T. (1999)., The phenomenological foundation of the social sciences, in L. Embree (ed.), Schutzian social science, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 173-186.
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