chapter  3
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On the nature of empirical evidence

ByRenée MaRlin-Bennett

As social scientists, we are in a special position to act on our responsibility to others (in general), to particular Others, and to humanity. The object of our inquiries should not be just an It that we have chosen for tractability. When we abstract the subjects of our inquiries into units of analysis – discrete cases – that can be viewed using a single level of analysis, we run the risk of stripping that which we study of its complexity (moral and otherwise) as we abnegate our responsibility to the subjects. In other words, the intentional amorality (or carefully bracketed morality) of normal neo-positivist social science goes too far in an attempt to create a mythical scientific objectivity.