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A humanist science : values and ideals in social inquiry

Author: Philip Selznick
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A Humanist Science insightfully brings to light the value-centered nature of the social sciences. The work clearly challenges the supposed separation of fact and value, and argues that human values belong to the world of fact and are the source of the ideals that govern social and political institutions. By demonstrating the close connection between the social sciences, and the humanities, Selznick reveals how the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Selznick
ISBN: 9780804758628 080475862X
OCLC Number: 220097662
Description: xviii, 156 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The humanist imagination. The humanist tradition --
The postulate of humanity --
Four pillars of humanist science --
Realms of value. From social order to moral order --
Humanist virtues --
The morality of governance --
Rationality and responsibility --
The quality of culture --
Law and justice --
Philosophy and social science. Moral philosophy and social science --
A public philosophy.
Responsibility: Philip Selznick ; with a foreword by Martin Krygier.
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This illuminating book provides a reconstruction of social theory that emphasizes its humanist foundations and the centrality of values in social inquiry.  Read more...

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