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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Relating to or involving the search for abstract universal principles.

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  • First, there is a critique of the "nomothetic" quest -- the idea that the social sciences should discover social laws.
  • I believe the distinction by Wilhelm Dilthey between "nomothetic" (= positing laws) and "idiographic" (= describing individuals) sciences, is still much more fruitful...
  • Thus Windelband proposed that the natural sciences are nomothetic and the historical or cultural sciences ideographic.
  • Dilthey rejects Windelband's distinction by showing that many natural sciences have ideographic elements and many human sciences such as linguistics and economics have... for more
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