Postprint version. Published in Leisure Science, Volume 34, Issue 2, March 2, 2012, pages 191-197.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Keri Schwab was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2012.652513.
In this essay, we examine the assumptions underlying natural science, social science, and the humanities. More specifically, we suggest that social science in general and leisure science in particular be guided by a different set of assumptions than those guiding natural science and the humanities. Drawing on the Aristotelian idea of phronesis, we propose that value rationality more so than instrumental rationality guide social scientific inquiry, and that social science in general, and leisure science in particular, be viewed as a bridge between natural science and the humanities.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration
2012 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Leisure Science.