Idealization, abstraction and ideal types

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    Abstract

    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
    PublisherElsevier
    Chapter 213
    Pages516-520
    Number of pages5
    Edition2nd
    ISBN (Print)9780080970875
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Clarke, S. (2015). Idealization, abstraction and ideal types. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (Second Edition) (2nd ed., pp. 516-520). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.63031-3