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Social Science
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1. Historical Development

The beginnings of empirical social science lie in the field of statistics of the 17th and 18th centuries. Under the influence of the Belgian Adolphe Quetelet (1796–1874), “moral statistics,” already common in Germany, was developed as an attempt to show the causal dependency of the individual on general social factors. In addition, under Quetelet …

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Daiber, Karl-Fritz, “Social Science”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.26>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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