Quantitative methods

Science means and ends

Authored by: Lisa Cosgrove , Emily E. Wheeler , Elena Kosterina

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182

10.4324/9781315726526.ch1

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Abstract

The hegemony of quantification within psychology actually has its roots in the Western Enlightenment period – when faith fell out of fashion and reason took its place. During this time mathematics also underwent a transformation from a discrete, insular discipline into a universal language that could be applied to other disciplines, allowing it to become the language of quantification in any scientific field (Frängsmyr 1990). This history set the stage for psychology to embrace quantitative methods and thereby help prove it was a ‘real’ science.

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