Hello Angela and Gerwyn,
Angela wrote i.a. (and I cut out what I will not comment on):
Originally Posted by Angela Kennedy
Nice, Angela - I'd guessed already you are methodologically savvy! (Without ME I'd probably ended up academically in philosophy of science or logic or methodology).
I find your "so" interesting and true, and if I had written it about the socalled social sciences it would have been in part satirical (since SO much of the social sciences involve a lot of "logical fallacies and rhetorical and ideological use of language").
Ditto for your "hence". And for my (brief but clear) take on the subject of logical fallacies:
My own sarcasm/irony agrees with your "CRUCIAL" - especially since in fact there is only a small minority in any of the social sciences, and in psychology or medicine, who ARE statistically, logically, methodologically and/or mathematical savvy. (Most don't care and/or are no good in anything mathematical.)
I agree with Gerwyn that - in my words - while psychology is a soft science it is not a social science, though parts of it, like social psychology, overlap with it or may be classified like it. (I am a psychologist but got my M.A. in it mainly on mathematical, logical and programming subjects, and apart from that mostly specialized in cognitive psychology).
As to sociology-as-a-science: I have read a lot of pure drivel and/or ideology-pretending-to-be-science, but there is good science that is nominally sociological: Aristotle, Machiavelli, Mosca, Weber, Aron, C. Wright Mills and some more.
Question for Angela: I read Weber's "Economy and Society" in part in German (it's two fat volumes in pretty academic German, and suffers from the German academic sin of 'Deutschgruendlichkeit'). He surely had a logical mind, whence my question: Do you know of a book - preferably freely available on line - with the definitions of his "Economy and Society" (in part I of my edition) in tolerable English?
That would be most helpful, not only to me, but to anyone who might want some clear thinking and writing on sociological and/or political issues.