- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

Belief that the value of any particular theory does not lie in its ability to capture truth, but lies in its usefulness for understanding and predicting phenomena.

Longer explanation

You know some of the world's most influential social scientists (and natural scientists) have been wrong. We're still waiting for Comte's religion of ...

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