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A Humanist Science: Values and Ideals in Social Inquiry

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Providing a capstone to Philip Selznick's influential body of scholarly work, 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 insti ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 8th 2008 by Stanford University Press
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May 05, 2009 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
This is a very fascinating book by Philip Selznick, whom as a thinker I first encountered in a public administration class a while ago. It is also a somewhat short book untypical for this subject; and upon first read, certainly feels unfinished and dissatisfying, as if Selznick was trying to cramp too many ideas in too few pages amid too short a time.

Yet, one can read Selznick's project as one that aims to make reparations to the overall project of social science. In fact, it is commonly viewed
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