Conference: Can, in which Sense, the “Social Sciences” Become “Science”? Chengdu, China, 05 2018
Can, in which Sense, the “Social Sciences” Become “Science”? Possibility of General Theoretical Hypothesis in social sciences, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 12th and 13th of May, 2018, Chengdu, China.
"As we all are aware, given numerous efforts during more than a century, each discipline of social science reaches far less than establishing a paradigm that could be used as a standard model. More tragically, the academic terms (even the core ones) used by scholars around the world have not gotten a unified or similar definition yet. Some even go wildly apart. As the fact we face now, each nation its own “Social Sciences” or “Humanities”. We believe the stagnation in the conceptualization or theorization of social sciences is due to the fact that the entity of their studying objects is still to discern, or when it has been proposed, its proposition necessitates debates to be affirmed. Since then, in order to enable the “Social Sciences” another kind of “system of knowledge that entails unbiased observations and systematic experimentation”, our prerequisite above all is to capture the entity of social sciences objects and to deliberate it when it is presented.
We share the follow convictions. Since the very beginning of establishment, each discipline of social sciences dedicates itself to not only the vocation of descripting the cultural facts and social facts of human beings, but it also has the ambition to abstract the laws out of empirical facts collected. The ultimate aim of all these disciplines is to find a coherent concepts system and general theoretical hypothesis, thus to explain pertinently all cultural facts and social facts, and finally reveal the mechanism of human society." Dr. Hua Cai, Profesor of Anthropology, University of Pekin.
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