A Poetic for Sociology: Toward a Logic of Discovery for the Human Sciences
by Richard Harvey Brown (9780226076195)

A Poetic for Sociology: Toward a Logic of Discovery for the Human Sciences
 
Richard Harvey Brown
Release Date: 15 January 1977
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 318
Category: Methodology
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226076195
ISBN-10: 0226076199



For too long, argues Richard Harvey Brown, social scientists have felt forced to choose between imitating science's empirical methodology and impersonating a romantic notion of art, the methods of which are seen as primarily a matter of intuition, interpretation, and opinion. Developing the idea of a "cognitive aesthetic," Brown shows how both science and art--as well as the human studies that stand between them--depend on metaphoric thinking as their "logic of discovery" and may be assessed in terms of such aesthetic criteria of adequacy as economy, elegance, originality, scope, congruence, and form.
By recognizing this "aesthetic" common ground between science and art, Brown demonstrates that a fusion can be achieved within the human sciences of these two principal ideals of knowledge--the scientific or positivist one and the artistic or intuitive one. A path, then, is opened for creating a knowledge of ourselves and society which is at once objective "and" subjective, at once valid scientifically and significantly humane.

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