Fabio Rojas writes:
Back to social science, I’d argue that the underlying concepts of any social science are inherently vague. Formalizing them allows you to ignore the ill-defined nature of the process so you can make a clean academic model. It doesn’t address the underlying mess.Is it the concept that's fuzzy or the underlying reality? I'd argue it's the real world that's fuzzy, but that our concepts shouldn't be. Science progresses through the continual sharpening and refinement of ideas, so social science should strive for clear concepts, not fuzzy ones. Suppose physicists had some concept that was ill-defined, unmeasurable, and produced no falsifiable predictions. They wouldn't get very far. (String theory, anyone?) Social science has no different epistemological requirements.