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Social media and the digital revolution have fundamentally changed the meaning of “social” and “work.” Social work, like all other professions, will undergo dramatic changes as apps and algorithms overtake human operations. The failure of social sciences in general and social work in particular warrants thoughtful innovations that ensure sustainable services.
Chapter 6: Hermeneutics of Help
Hermeneutics of Help
Too many researchers have learned in methods courses that the aim of science is to discover universal laws, and the method is to deduce causal hypotheses from more general theories and test them against masses of observable data. This teaching has had dogmatic certitude—that's what science is; philosophers of science say so, and they know—that has not been present in many of the logical empiricists themselves.
—Paul Diesing (1991: x).
One of the main premises of this book is: Help as a social construct validates charity and philanthropy as universal altruism. Human instincts imply pleasure and pain. The notion of seven pillars of SP proffered here involve small steps relative to (a) altruism and help, (b) science and social science and ...