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This has significant ramifications for the social sciences. If laws are mere true generalizations that aren’t accidental, then the social sciences seem to have far too many laws for the designation ‘law’ to be meaningful (Turner 2003) and thus, by the DN model, social sciences would appear not to be able to produce any meaningful explanations. The inductive statistical model The idea that laws are statements of regularity or generalization, introduces the idea that statistical analysis of regularity might provide the answer to what constitutes explanation.
It may be that instantaneous merely refers Theory as Causal Explanation 41 to current limitations in the measurement of short timescales. That is, the association between two events is regarded as being instantaneous merely if they are separated by less time than we can currently perceive or measure. In any case, it is clear that the condition that variables are associated with one another in order to speak meaningfully of cause is highly problematic, and, until these problems are resolved it seems that any requirement to demonstrate such associations being a necessary requisite of adequate theory is an unreasonable one.
This view follows from two postulates. First, that reality must be reasonable, else we should not be able to have any knowledge of it, second, that we may only have knowledge of that which is real. Reason is seen by Hegel as that process which has the purpose of revealing reason through itself. Since reason is the totality of reality, reason is revealed when it recognizes itself as total reality. We might say that Hegel is saying that reason is both the means and the end of truth; this is not so far from what we might contemporarily say that reason is achieved by reasoning.
Becoming Criminal: The Socio-Cultural Origins of Law, Transgression, and Deviance by Don Crewe (auth.)