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Title: Synoptics, Part IX: the six basic sentences for synoptic social analysis - theoretical and practical steps towards a psychosocial analysis of society

Authors: Herbert Rauch

Addresses: Institute for Social Analysis, Schottenfeldgasse 25-27/533, 1070 Vienna, Austria

Abstract: The following notes summarise the experience of three decades of synoptic social analysis (about 250 case studies were elaborated). I as the author of this article, was also responsible for all summaries (i.e., of all case studies), within these three decades (the team-participants did change more or less) - we never found any exception to the following six 'basic sentences', which are stated: 1) the introduction to Part V outlines in short the working procedures; 2) which led to the 'six basic sentences', the 'to-do-canon'; 3) lists the main working steps for the investigations in case studies. The six basic sentences (the foundation of a synoptical social theory), which so far had not been falsified, are explicitly; 4) formulated; ('falsification light' is the name in synoptics of the hermeneutic procedure to come close to the Popperian falsification demand, as explained in Part I). For comparison with other newer social theories the so-called 'bathtub' theory of James Coleman is shortly outlined.

Keywords: synoptics method; social analysis; hypotheses; psychoanalysis; social sciences; social systems; challenge principle; basic sentences.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2021.117556

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2021 Vol.15 No.1/2/3, pp.76 - 87

Received: 13 Oct 2020
Accepted: 12 Nov 2020

Published online: 13 Sep 2021 *

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