Single Idea 22367

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 5. Objectivity]

Full Idea

Cultural sciences do not have results which are 'subjective' and only valid for one person and not others. ...For scientific truth is precisely what is valid for all who seek the truth.

Gist of Idea

The results of social research can be true, and not just subjectively valid for one person


Max Weber ('Objectivity' in Social Sciences and Social Policy [1904], p.84), quoted by Reiss,J/Spreger,J - Scientific Objectivity 5.1

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.24

A Reaction

Weber said that although research interests are subjective, the social causes discovered can be objective.

Related Idea

Idea 22366 There is no objectivity in social sciences - only viewpoints for selecting and organising data [Weber]