The object of study of the social sciences is human behaviour, be it individual or collective. Social scientific research and its results are supposed to provide a reliable basis for descriptions, treatments and policies. Yet:
Apart from constituting a many-sided and (bio-psycho-socio-culturally) layered object of study, human beings are also, inevitably, participants to the research;
Due to their complexity, human beings and their behaviour require a plurality of methods and approaches;
As social science is an activity by, for and about human beings, knowing and influencing, facts and values, and causes and reasons, cannot easily be separated.
This is why our group is dedicated to questioning the assumptions underlying social scientific research. We criticize and legitimize research and interpretations in social science on the basis of their methodological, substantive, moral and political dimensions.
Some of our publications:
Bransen, J.(2017). Don’t be fooled. A philosophy of common sense. London/New York: Routledge.
Olthof, M., Hasselman, F., Oude Maatman, F.J.W., Bosman, A.M.T., & Lichtwarck-Asschof, A .(in press). Complexity Theory of Psychopathology. Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/f68ej
Horbach, S.P.J.M., Oude Maatman, F.J.W., Halffman, W. & Hepkema, W.M. (2022). Automated citation recommendation tools encourage questionable citations. Research Evaluation, 31(3), pp. 321–325. https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvac016
Oude Maatman, F.J.W. (2020). Reformulating the network theory of psychopathology: Folk psychology as a factor, not a fact. Theory & Psychology, 30(5), pp. 703-722. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354320921464