The Scientificity of the Social Sciences: A Reflection on the Deductive Nomological Model of Explanation

Emmanuel Asia, Joseph Ndidi Odigie


The possibility of having a science of human life brings into question whether the methods use in the sciences can be successfully applied in the prediction of human behaviour. This further questions the demarcation between science and the social sciences. This paper, however, argues that the use of DN model of explanation both in the social and natural sciences portends a boundary deconstruction of the two fields of enquiry. While engaging critical analysis method of enquiry, this paper dissects the DN model of explanation and argues that the social sciences are sciences and as such we can have scientific laws to predict, explain and control human behaviour.


Natural sciences; Social sciences; Deductive nomologica model; Explanation; Prediction and control Asia, E., & Odigie, J. N

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