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The Open Mind and Sociology

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Janet Winn Boehm

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.
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.