Disputes over the nature of sociology abound because «sociology» and also sociologists' terms such as «poverty» and «racism» are essentially contested concepts. They can never be given final definition. Recognition of this fact can produce an open-mindedness often lacking in the field.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1988. VII, 197 pp.
Contents: A philosophic analysis of «sociology» as an essentially contested concept. Morris Weitz dealt with concepts such
as «art» as open concepts. This extends his analysis to sociology, and gives rationality to concept openness.