2.2.1 Background and core concepts
188.8.131.52 The centrality of cause and effect
184.108.40.206 The social context from which positivism derived
220.127.116.11 The 'scientific method'
Write down what you consider to be the key characteristics of science. Compare your answer with the two versions (inductivism and deductivism) below?
18.104.22.168 Inductive science
If a large number of As have been observed under a wide variety of conditions and if all those observed As without exception possessed the property B, all As have the property B.
22.214.171.124 Deductive science
For a practical example of deductive and inductive analysis see
CASE STUDY: Durkheim's study of suicide: inductive or deductive?
Examine the list you made earlier of the key characteristics of science. Which model of science does your list resemble? (It is quite likely that it will resemble inductivism as this is closest to a common sense understanding of science).