Science, Society and Social Policy

Ιn this seminar we attempt a first approach to some of the basic issues of social philosophy and social science epistemology – with a special emphasis on social policy as an interdisciplinary field. We try to understand the main epistemological issues and problems of social analysis from various  perspectives and schools through the reading and analysis of texts from different – but also antagonistic – schools and thinkers and our aim is to understand important issues such as positivism, empiricism, critical social science, rationalism vs. relativism, the aims of social analysis, the terms of ‘objectivity’ and ‘validity’ in social science, ideology and values in social analysis, the relations between subject and object is social science, social scientific discourse and its other, the relations between natural and social sciences etc which are deemed essential for all those involved in social analysis and social policy.

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