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The Problem of Social-Scientific Knowledge


reviewed by Warren G. Bennis 1964

coverTitle: The Problem of Social-Scientific Knowledge
Author(s): W. P. McEwen
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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As the social sciences have become more behavioristic, more rigorous—in short, more like the natural sciences in their methodological spirit—they have steadily moved away from their philosophical foundations. Psychology is the best case in point. Once the faithful child, psychology is now a prodigal son of philosophy, pretending to ignore its past. Certain genuflections are made—a required course in the "philosophy of science" here, a foray into logical positivism there—but there is little question that the disengagement exists and that it is serious, at least as viewed by some. For them, apartheid has been disastrous; social science, they say, has lost its soul, its epistemological base, its unifying thrust, its capacity to become anything but a sterile, scientistic endeavor, an anemic heir of its natural scientific forebears. For others, apartheid has been an indispensable shot-in-the-armchair to a woolly-minded, parochial, quasi-religious, overly-normative, non-empirical, loosely-defined discipline. Only a few great men have dared... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 2, 1964, p. 192-192
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2562, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 3:32:20 AM

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