Situational Analysis

Authored by: Kevin D. Hoover

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138825758
eBook ISBN: 9781315410098
Adobe ISBN: 9781315410081


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Situational analysis is a term popularized by Karl Popper. It is sometimes also referred to as situational logic, logic of situations, or the logic of the situation. Situational analysis and its synonyms have been used for over a century in a variety of fields from military strategy, to psychology, to sociology—sometimes in senses closely related to Popper’s usage (see e.g. Mannheim 1936 [1997], 95), sometimes in quite different senses. Our concern here is principally with situational analysis as it has derived from Popper.

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