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I wanted to see your views on sociology and if you agree if it is a scientific subject in the strictest since. I am asking this because there are some who disagree with this notion or have doubts about it.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

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more like a sub science as I would call it. The main sciences are Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The sub sciences are economics, philosophy, geography, geology, psychology, sociology etc.
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(Original post by Horner94)
Hi everybody,

I wanted to see your views on sociology and if you agree if it is a scientific subject in the strictest since. I am asking this because there are some who disagree with this notion or have doubts about it.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,
Chad
I would say yes! However I wouldn’t put it in the same category as things like physics, biochemistry etc.
What is your view?
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[QUOTE=Horner94;80321122]Hi everybody,

I wanted to see your views on sociology and if you agree if it is a scientific subject in the strictest since. I am asking this because there are some who disagree with this notion or have doubts about it.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,
Chad[/QU
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I agree with alexvicar - it is a science just not in the traditional sense. Some people also call it a 'soft' science.
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Class it as "social science"
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(Original post by Horner94)
Hi everybody,

I wanted to see your views on sociology and if you agree if it is a scientific subject in the strictest since. I am asking this because there are some who disagree with this notion or have doubts about it.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,
Chad
It’s a social science. And, if it’s a subject you want to study, you just ignore the TSR ‘Mickey Mouse subject’ brigade.
I did some in my first year, but I wouldn’t have taken it as a degree. I found it a bit dry.
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more like a sub science as I would call it. The main sciences are Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The sub sciences are economics, philosophy, geography, geology, psychology, sociology etc.
I wouldn't say that Philosophy is a sub-science.
Most if not all of sciences historically originate from Philosophy, each has philosophical basis even if unintended. Also there is an area called 'Philosophy of Science' which is on methodologies, the point of science etc.
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I certainly do not believe, because I'm not a follower of the sociology-is-science religion.

But I think it is science because it uses scientific methodologies. It even uses mathematics to get data.


I'm not really interested in it, but it's good to know a few theories, some data provided by the science, to catch a grasp of cybernetics (in terms of human behaviour control and systems design in general, not computers only)
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I wouldn't say that Philosophy is a sub-science.
Most if not all of sciences historically originate from Philosophy, each has philosophical basis even if unintended. Also there is an area called 'Philosophy of Science' which is on methodologies, the point of science etc.
No...just no. Philosophy is definitely not a science. It's theoretical and theological, not objective. It involves no more than mindless debate, not concrete experimentation.
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No...just no. Philosophy is definitely not a science. It's theoretical and theological, not objective. It involves no more than mindless debate, not concrete experimentation.
Philosophy is not theology, and there are different kinds of philosophies.
Philosophy of science uses empirical evidence to support or overthrow methods of scientific research. Scientists may even deny supporting any philosophy, but in the end each follows some paradigm that has been described in philosophy of science.

Also there is the Analitical philosophy. The Lisp programming language originates from analitical philosophy, to be exact from the prefix/Warsaw/Polish notation created by Jan Łukasiewicz, a philosopher from Lwów-Warsaw school of Analitical philosophy.
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(Original post by Horner94)
Hi everybody,

I wanted to see your views on sociology and if you agree if it is a scientific subject in the strictest since. I am asking this because there are some who disagree with this notion or have doubts about it.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,
Chad
Science because follows the basic scientific method.

It's not a 'hard' science seeing as it doesn't employ the rigorous mathematics and laboratory work those sciences do (physics, chemistry and biology)
Comp sci is exempt from this because despite not being a traditional science it has managed to garner the respect associated with the 'hard' sciences.

To summarise, Sociology would be a social science like econ (which is probably the 'hardest' soft/social science). But not a science to those referring to 'hard' sciences.
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(Original post by Horner94)
Hi everybody,

I wanted to see your views on sociology and if you agree if it is a scientific subject in the strictest since. I am asking this because there are some who disagree with this notion or have doubts about it.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,
Chad
How are you defining 'science', how are you defining 'strictest sense'? Is physics a science? Is biology a science? Is zoology a science? Is the study of animal behaviour a science? Is the study of the behaviour of the animal categorised as 'human' a science? Is the study of the social behaviour of the animal categorised as 'human' a science? See what I did there?
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No...just no. Philosophy is definitely not a science. It's theoretical and theological, not objective. It involves no more than mindless debate, not concrete experimentation.
The thing is, 'science' is underpinned bya body of philosophy, not all of which is absolutely agreed upon, there's plenty of literature on the subject. Adam Chalmers' What is This Thing Called Science? is among several introductions.
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No...just no. Philosophy is definitely not a science. It's theoretical and theological, not objective.
Sociology is applied philosophy, just like other sciences. It can be both theoretical and empirical. The two are (or should be) tied to each other (like any science). Sociology is vert much not theological. It doesn't concern itself with such questions and spends most of its time studing humans in a pretty god free way. When it talkes about religion it talks how the action and ideas of religion effect humans and thier socities in a way where the existance or not of god is pretty irrelevent. Sociology generally treats the notion of there being an objective reality we can observe as being true.
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more like a sub science as I would call it. The main sciences are Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The sub sciences are economics, philosophy, geography, geology, psychology, sociology etc.
The discipline of mathematics is not usually understood as among the 'sciences' even though it is a centrally used tool among them.
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Yeah it's a social science.
It's the science of the society we live in.
Which is based on facts which is what science is... 👀
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I do sociology at a-level and I see it as a social science but wouldn’t call it a traditional science, I also do psychology but i wouldn’t call that a social science so idk.
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No.

In the UK really big money research areas on the sociology of health and sociology of crime and big money linked to academia and government, a lot of research method stuff and data collection. If you look on other sociology modules on undergrad and postgraduate modules, some really interesting stuff in there.

Call it a social science if you want. Quite a lot of overlap with some other subjects. One of the things I dislike a lot about university degrees in the UK is the obsession on grade, institution and then name of subject. People very rarely go into any depth about what sort of things are studied on degrees, it's just perceptions of names.
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(Original post by Horner94)
Hi everybody,

I wanted to see your views on sociology and if you agree if it is a scientific subject in the strictest since. I am asking this because there are some who disagree with this notion or have doubts about it.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,
Chad
Yes, Sociology is a science.

It's not a natural science, which is the type of science that people equate with the generic term "Science" most often, but it is a science nonetheless.
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