The Common Features of the Scientific Enterprise

by Neal Riemer

This is Chapter 10 from Riemer's POLITICAL SCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. 1983 (pp.204-215).

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Although this chapter is written by a Political Scientist in a Political Science text...with numerous references to "politics" and political issues within it, I have found it to be a very good statement and explanation of the "scientific enterprise" for any social science endeavor.

I've had to divide it into 12 jpg images...with the last two mainly a bibliography. Please excuse my underlinings...and any difficulty printing it out. I suggest you download the image and then adjust your print properties accordingly in order to facilitate printing out the material.

In order to facilitate identifying what's on each page, I've included the chapter division headings (and an occasional substantive reference) under each page link. I hope this helps.

P. 204
Introduction / Science as a Critical and Systematic Search

P. 205
Common Features of the Scientific Enterprise / Problem-Identification

P. 206
Hypothesis Articulation

P. 207

P. 208
Reliable Data-Collection / Hypothesis Validation and Scientific Explanation

P. 209

P. 210
The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Scientific Enterprise / Strengths / Weaknesses

P. 211
Contains "dangers" of empiricism

P. 212
"dangers" continued / Assessment

P. 213

P. 214
continued / Annotated Bibliography

P. 215
continued / Suggestions for Further Reading

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