Art as a Method of Representation in Social Sciences

Dagistan U.

BEYTULHIKME-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, vol.11, no.1, pp.255-269, 2021 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.18491/beytulhikme.1688
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), Index Islamicus, Philosopher's Index, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.255-269
  • Keywords: Social science, art, positivism, epistemology, fiction, objectivity, SOCIOLOGY
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is so the arts and social sciences may interact in understanding the human being and the social, political and economic structure that he creates. Positivist epistemology is based on the basic principles in which reason, truth, and validity are at the forefront. Researchers who adopt this epistemology restrict information as a form that only the five senses can perceive. Science and art basically share the same motivation and pursue the same story: what is human? In this study, it is assumed that the ability to represent society is not only inherent in scientific studies. Fiction works, dramas, films, paintings, photographs, music, and all artistic disciplines also say something about the society in which they emerge. The Social Sciences' use of these fields will enable it to enrich itself. This study claims that the social sciences can benefit from the rich world of art in order to understand people and society.