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  1. Introduction
  2. Investigative work in sociology
  3. The conflict over methods in sociology
  4. Anti-positivism
  5. Weber's views
  6. The concept of axiological neutrality
  7. Social reality
  8. Durkheim's views
  9. Conclusion

A sociologist is a man who examines the society by being as objective as possible. We may therefore define objectivity as the quality which provides a distorted picture of people and things, or anything that describes them and judge them without a bias. This paper analyzes the methods employed by a sociologist to arrive at such objectivism. It also analyzes if it is possible to be truly objective. This issue of objectivity and subjectivity will be addressed through the study of various authors (including the founders of sociology).

[...] He also remarks that man is a subjective being, and if a sociologist claims to be totally objective, this is a false objectivity that becomes more subjective than before. We cannot pretend to be completely objective. Boltanski, sought to fight against subjectivity and set up laboratories to establish a scientific method and know-how. This was made possible as sociologists belonging to a laboratory could compare their results to get the maximum possible objectivity. Many sociologists have questioned the objectivity of their work as well as their science. [...]


[...] He examines the validity of the explanations for those who accept the scientific rationality and are thus objective (scientific rationality states that science is not a copy of reality but a construction that suggests the real). Weber proposes two methodological rules to be follow in an effort to be as objective as possible in his treatise learned and the political?. The sociologist should give readers the opportunity to verify his results. The sociologist must tell people where and when his curiosity scores over his research. Weber also explains concepts related to the problems of objectivity and subjectivity. Among other things he talks about false neutrality. [...]

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