Human Sciences ...


KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS



please review Chapter 9 in the van de Lagemaat text



The Human Sciences attempt to study human behavior in a systematic way.

They include: psychology, economics, anthropology, geography and sociology.

psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior
economics is thstudy of production and consumption of goods and services and the analysis of the commercial activities of a society
anthropology is the study of what defines human life and origins.
sociology seeks to develop a body of knowledge about human social activity

All seek laws and theories about human nature based on observation.

But...is it possible to study humans in a scientific way?


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Hugo Rheinhold's Philosophizing Monkey


Are there differences between us (humans) and the rest of the natural world?
Many believe that self consciousness is a defining characteristic that distinguishes humans and that self consciousness contributes to language, reason, free will and creativity. Could any of these features contribute to making it difficult to study human beings in a scientific way? Why?

human sciences vs. natural sciencesboth look for patterns through observationboth use measurement, experiments and laws
What are the differences?
HOMEWORK: Is Economics a Science? pp. 286-287
Read and reflect in appropriate discussion board. Be prepared to discuss in class.


I. Observation

II. Experiments

III Measurement

IV Laws and trends

V Holism and Reductionism

FINAL ASSESSMENT