Culture and Social Progress

Culture and Social Progress

Culture and Social Progress

Culture and Social Progress

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One of the needs of the social sciences today is unity. There are too many fence builders in the academic world, too much reverence for the conventional boundaries which have been drawn between economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, and the other human sciences. Counter- acting this situation there has developed a healthy movement in our colleges to organize general introductory courses in social science. To be sure, there must be subdivision and specialization, and no one can be master of the entire field. But it is not at all certain that this subdivision always will be along the lines existing at present. And in any case there is much to be gained from certain bird's-eye views of the whole. To open such a view is one aim of this book.

Another need of the social sciences is to free themselves from the deadly academic language in which they are so often concealed. The betterment of human life requires the popularization of science. It means making true science interesting. This book is written not only for college students, but also to give the general reader an understanding of the foundation principles of social betterment.

Its focus point is human welfare. It accepts frankly the principle that pure science exists for the sake of applied science. The purpose is to bring together the various lines of present-day thought in the social sciences, and to show how they bear on the central problem of making life happier. The book therefore has a strong ethical slant. One of its aims is to show that there are certain ethical principles which, because of the very nature of man, and of his environment, must always hold good, and to point out what these principles . . .

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