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La Explicación de los Fenómenos Sociales: Algunas Implicaciones Epistemológicas y Metodológicas

The purpose of this work is to analyze the epistemological and methodological implications of thinking that one of the objectives of the social research is to explain and predict phenomenon in an identical way as in natural sciences, ignoring the different nature that underlies social phenomenon. In the analysis, we try to distinguish the specific characteristics of social knowledge, and the difficulties that come upon trying to carry out explanations of the social phenomenon in the same way as in natural sciences. Also, it is discussed the existing problem between the empirical-analytic approach and that of the interpretative theories related with the explanation and the understanding or "verstehen".