# 4 - Philosophical and Methodological

This Module would provide students of social science with an understanding of what scholars in different disciplines see as the role of their particular approach in social science, and how they historically developed. All the social sciences evolved out of a core social science that was called political economy and was seen as a branch of moral philosophy. A knowledge of the history would give students an appreciation of why the various social sciences split up, and how they might fit together. It is often said that a scientist doesn't need to know the history of the science since all the relevant knowledge is embodied in the current model. In a complexity science, that isn't true. No model encompasses all previous knowledge, making a knowledge of the history of the discipline central to understanding where the current model is relevant and where is isn't.

Hat Tip ~ Colander & Kupers, Complexity and the Art of Public Policy

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