Science in public affairs by James Edward Hand

Science in public affairs

byJames Edward Hand

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1906 Excerpt: ... SCIENCE AND CITIZENSHIP VICTOR V. BRANFORD, M.A. Hon. Sec. of the Sociological Society I AN eminent sociologist has recently spoken of L the "bankruptcy of science as to any choice of ideals of life," and again we are told that "sociology no more than mechanics or chemistry has any policy." That doubtless is the prevalent view in these reactionary times, when apostasy from science is almost a fashion. The object of this paper is to maintain the contrary view. And although the logic of its argument may be open to revision, the moral principle from which it starts will not be gainsaid. That principle is embodied in the well-established maxim, "If a lion gets in your path, kick it." There are those who believe that the way out of the present tangle of sectionalisms is to be found, not by turning back, but by pressing on. If science cannot direct us, we must direct science. All life is growth, and science understood as a spiritual phase of racial life, a mood of humanity, may, like other spiritual growths, be trained and guided, within limits. Here as elsewhere the essential condition of guidance is the presence of an ideal and a moral impulse toward it. It is the contention of this paper that the ideals of science, always implicit, are now actually in process of being explicitly formulated, and that these ideals give promise of a policy of city development. And once to see and feel this movement of science is to participate in it, to forward and direct it. II In a first rough approximation it may be taken that the middle term between Science and Policy is Potency. The conception of Potency presents itself to us with a reality and a force proportional to the frequency and intensity of our first-hand immediate and direct contacts with nature. The conception doub...

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Title:Science in public affairsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217044867

ISBN - 13:9780217044868

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