Idealization, abstraction and ideal types

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    Abstraction and idealization are mental processes that are employed in order to simplify and organize empirical information to enable the use of laws and models to explain that information. Ideal types are a form of idealization that have been particularly important in the methodology of the social sciences and that are associated most closely with Max Weber.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (Second Edition)
    EditorsJames D Wright
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    Chapter 213
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9780080970875
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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