During the last thirty years or more there have arisen among the students in the field of politics those who would challenge the traditional approach to government and politics—an approach stemming from the days of Aristotle. The statistical, the psychological, and the sociological bases of a political science have each had adherents. Propounders of the new theories have either pushed aside or rejected the consideration of any system of values in their theories of the scientific approach to politics. While this type of approach has widespread acceptance today, it is being vigorously challenged in many quarters, particularly on the very home ground of the scientific school, the University of Chicago. Professor Voegelin in the present work makes an interesting and challenging contribution to the scope and method of politics. His position as an outstanding scholar in the field of political theory is a guaranty of his thoroughness and objectivity in handling his topic.
Under the sponsorship of the Charles R. Walgreen Foundation these lectures were given at the University of Chicago during the winter quarter, 1951. The co-operation of the author and the University of Chicago enables the Foundation to publish this series.
Jerome G. Kerwin
Chairman, Charles R. Walgreen Foundation
for the Study of American Institutions