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Interpretivism rejects the the Positivist claim that social reality can be studied objectively the way we study physical occurrences. In addition, positivists believe that we can use mathematics to construct a formal model or explanation of a social phenomena. If Interpretivism rejects the objective analysis of social reality, does it mean that it also rejects the use mathematics in doing research?

  • I'd take Strong Claim of positivism as straight-forwardly wrong, as it has been pointed out; but the Weak Claim is possible, and sometimes advisable and other times neccessary. – Mozibur Ullah Apr 3 '15 at 12:46
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No. Statistics, a form of mathematics, is a key tool for sociologists. Standard deviations, mean, averages, remember the "Bell Curve" controversy?

  • Hi, In what 'sense' does statistics (or mathematics) corresponds to reality? – Ajax Aug 20 at 0:19

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