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Introduction: The Nature of Science
Introduction: The nature of science

The primary goal of this book is to demonstrate how to build theory in the social sciences. Specifically, it deals with science, social science, social science theory, and social science theory building.


When we say that this book deals with science, we greatly constrain what it is about. Although we often focus on what we know, this book is not so much about what science has taught us as about how to do science. As such, it deals not so much with what we know as with how we know. The word science is based on the Latin verb scire, which means “to know.” It comes from the present participle of that verb, sciens, and thus literally ...

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