Article/Publication Details

Naturalism versus Interpretativism in Social Sciences

(Original title: Naturalizmus versus interpretativizmus ve společenských vědách)
Organon F, 2010, vol. 17, No 3, pp. 303-321.
File to download: PDF*

Document Statistics:

Number of visits: 1,027
Number of visits today: 0
Last visit: 20.10.2018 - 17:52
PDF downloads: 522

Abstract

When Tooby and Cosmides published their famous article “Psychological foundation of culture”, most readers could read it as just another paper addressing evolutionary psychology. Its aspirations were, however, much far-reaching. Tooby and Cosmides attacked the so-called constructivists. In this way, the paper ushered in another turn in the controversy over the method of social sciences. In my paper I claim that Tooby and Cosmides are right when they criticize constructivists and relativists. On the other hand, I claim that they do not live up to their aspirations, i.e. they do not provide for a rapprochement of the standards of social sciences and those of natural sciences.

*The article is subject to copyright.