Cumulative Social Science and the Question of Well-Formed Research Problems

23 October 2019, 16:00 - 18:00

Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

The QUALITY project at CRASSH welcomes Dr Leonidas Tsilipakos (University of Bristol) to share some of his work on Epistemological and Methodological Issues relating to Sociology. 

In this talk I will discuss some aspects of the issue of whether the social sciences are (and can be) cumulative, with special reference to sociology. The issue is important regarding both the self-conception of the discipline and its relation to public policy. I will argue that the matter depends on the logically prior question whether sociology has succeeded in posing well-formed research problems. I will, in turn, offer some thoughts on a number of arising topics, namely, the accurate description of social life, the aggregability of different (re-)descriptions and findings, the state of fragmentation of sociology into many research schools and the difficulties around concerted work towards a certain direction.

Attendance is free but places may be limited, so please email to reserve a space.

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This lecture is hosted by the ERC-funded project 'Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science: A Unified Logic of Causal Inference?'. QUALITY is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 715530)