It would indeed be pleasant to be able to begin this paper with the relation of many striking and significant advances made since I last spoke on the topic to Aslib, at the 1965 Annual Conference at the University of Keele. Such, alas, is not possible it would not be too much to say, of the social sciences as a whole, what R. B. Joynson has recently said of Psychology The present subdivisions of Psychology are not, for the most part, the fruit of any agreed and deliberate analysis. They are historical flotsama haphazard collection of topics brashly inflated by a handtomouth empiricism into one great blooming buzzing confusion. Although there are a few bright patches of orderliness, I fear that much of our subject presents something of the same confusion while I am certain that the same handtomouth empiricism is earnestly providing classification and indexing with more than its fair share of historical flotsam.
Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 1970