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the world and the knower

“Realism raises all kinds of interesting questions when we consider applying it to the social sciences. For one thing, it requires a usable distinction between the world and the knower. This raises the question: Is there an objective social world independent from the perceptions and concepts of observers? And, this also is a complicated question in the case of the social sciences, because the persons who make up social processes at the micro level are themselves “knowers” of the social world.” (Daniel Little, New Directions in the Philosophy of Social Science, p.222)