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.
|Title of host publication||International Encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (Second Edition)|
|Editors||James D Wright|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
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