The debate in the social work academy about the pertinence of empiricist/positivist modes of knowing and doing is epistemological in character. It is the argument of this essay that prior ontological questions must be answered before the profession of social work can profitably enter this debate. These questions center on the nature of social work, the symbolic and moral essence of the social work enterprise and what the profession is becoming.
"Philosophical Disputes in Social Work: Social Justice Denied,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 17
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol17/iss2/4