Adam Smith and Modern Sociology: A Study in the Methodology by Albion Woodbury Small

By Albion Woodbury Small

This ebook is a fraction which i'm hoping will your time locate its position in a extra whole learn of the kin among nineteenth-century social sciences and sociology. the bigger research is in development in my seminar, and effects are already in sight which justify trust that the w.ork aren't with out price. at the merely methodological facet, this research was once influenced, if now not initially recommended, via reports in reference to the St. Louis Congress of Arts and technological know-how. In all departments of innovative wisdom, the second one 1/2 the 19th century used to be targeted in its extensive improvement of medical research. it's not possible that students will ever completely appraise the significance of study under their current estimates, however it is sure that we're getting into an period of quite greater appreciation of synthesis. the main detailed trait of current scholarship is its striving for correlation with all different scholarship. Segregated sciences have gotten discredited sciences.
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The latter had in mind the use to which Smith wanted to put his generalizations after he reached them. That is, as we shall have occasion to repeat, in spite of the admirable concreteness of Smith’s style, he followed not a single consistent method, but he exhibited the strengths and Albion Small, Adam Smith and Modern Sociology, 37 the weaknesses, the virtues and the vices, of both the abstract, deductive method, and the concrete, historical method, together with the contrasts between pure science and a social program.

Not touching upon those which belong within the scope of so-called natural or physical science, the first division of the intellectual problem of discovering the conditions and implications of human destiny — that is, the terms in accordance with which mankind must learn how to achieve well-being, or happiness, or progress, or Page 39 ----------whatever term we may prefer to use as the algebraic x to denote the content of that undetermined resultant of human endeavor toward which we look when we employ the concept destiny — the first division of the problem of human life in the large, is religious.

But there is nothing whatever either to excite surprise or to suggest inconsistency in the circumstance that a philosopher, who (to adopt the modern jargon of philosophy) distinguished between self-regarding and other-regarding emotions, should have formed the first group into a system of economics and the second into a system of ethics. ” To criticize Adam Smith adequately, as an economist, would call for a mobilization of everything added or opposed to his economic teachings, in the whole intermediate literature.

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