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Weber’s View of Objectivity in Social Science: the Relation to the Modern Social World Over the course of this semester, there have been many topics that have interested me, however Max Weber’s ideas about conducting social science research has been the most intriguing of all. Learning about Weber’s methodology has not only captured my attention, but it has also changed my perceptions of the modern world and of my individual conceptions of reality. According to Weber, it is most important that when studying the social world, the researcher is both following his research methods and being objective. On the other hand, Weber also explains that in order to understand social action, you need to have verstehen, which is the understanding and interpretation of meaning and human actions. Before empirically studying social reality, it is important to understand the purpose of sociology, which is to gain a valid and true understanding of the social world while being “value-free”; however this seems to only be possible to an extent. When questioning the reality of studying the social world “value-free” we realize that there are many aspects of our lives that warp our ability to be objective, such as our culture. As a sociologist, Weber believed that your job is to discover the truth, therefore in order to do so, he developed a methodology. The first step to studying
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anything in the social world is to correctly define your concepts. This means that before studying divorce, it is important to not only define divorce, but to explain all of the possible situations that may constitute as a divorce. The second step is to establish a systematic procedure for collecting your data. If you stick with your procedure, you eliminate bias by following the pattern and not getting distracted by things that may seem more interesting to you personally. The next step in the process is to collect empirical evidence. The evidence is collected in order to make inferences from the particular cases that we observe to other similar cases. This makes the information that you extract from your study, generalizable knowledge. According to Weber, if this process is followed systematically and correctly, for the
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course SOC 314 taught by Professor Mittchel during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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