Society are not facts. They are images of sociality. Individuals are facts. Power and resistance in interactions between individuals are facts. Claiming "society is a fact" is just an expression of power designed to promote submission to conditions asserted for "societal belonging." If you want to subjugate an individual, it is more clever to say, "it is imperative in this society" than it is to say, "do this because I say." Those who don't like to take responsibility for their own actions like to attribute them to collective images like "society."Huh? It's simply a fact that academic research is performed by societies of people. How close or far from perfect rationality the system is is totally beyond the point. I haven't said a single negative thing about academic research. The only thing I've said is that when doing research in a particular field, the terms of art and methods used by that field should be respected if not necessarily adhered to. If you want to have a discussion with yourself then use whatever definitions you want. Once you involve others, sociology is involved at least as far as your methods of communication. And that's okay, because it's necessary.