THE POSSIBILITIES OF OBJECTIVE NORMATIVE AND PRESCRIPTIVE KNOWLEDGE
Glenn L. Johnson
No 283642, 1978 Annual Meeting, August 6-9, Blacksburg, Virginia from American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association)
"Real world" development requires that numerous real world problems be defined and solved. Real world problems are defined on the basis of both normative and positive information. And, in turn, prescriptions to solve such problems are based on both positive and normative information. Therefore, the question of whether objective normative and prescriptive knowledge can be obtained through research is critical. If it cannot be obtained all problem definitions and solutions are arbitrary and emotional which in effect puts Hitler's and Stalin's decisions on a par with those of Lincoln and Gandhi.
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