'Science' in the Social Sciences
9. ‘Science’ in the Social Sciences
The harder question has been the second in our list: the problematics of "meaning" and "meaningfulness." How can a social science handle objectively social and behavioral phenomena which are constituted by the intelligibility which they have, and without which they are not even recognizable? Again, Winch’s use of the later work of Wittgenstein can guide us here. Consider the following distinction: what something means to me (or to you, or to him or her, etc.) is not identical to what it means or, more simply, i.e., in the sense that it can be shared with others.