Obstacles Confronting the Social Sciences

By:
Prof. Shaul Krakover
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Unlike major breakthroughs in science and technology the social sciences seem to reach an impasse preventing their further advancement. The major contribution made in the social sciences in the last decades is perhaps the awareness to the subjective nature of the academic research. However, this awareness has drifted many branches of the social sciences far away from the long sought efforts of reaching scientific rigor and aspiration for objectivity. Instead post-modernism, relativism, and discourse studies have opened a wide gap between academic writing and reality. Only few branches of the social sciences such as economics have escaped these pitfalls. In order for the social sciences to be of relevance to society more solid scientific tools should be applied to unearth the myriads of social complexities.


Keywords: Objectivity, relativism
Stream: Sociology and Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Shaul Krakover

Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva, Israel

Specializes in Urban and Regional developmet, Tourism Studies, and Spatial Dynamics.Former chairman of the Department of Geography at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and former president of the Association of Israeli Geographers.

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