A PEGS Journal VOL. 15 NO. 1 THE GOOD SOCIETY Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society "The art of governing well has to be learned." -- Walter Lippmann Russell Hardin A movie critic tells us about the movie, including enough to Here I wish to focus on wholesale criticism of the social scilet us make a reasonable guess as to whether we'd want to see it. ences, and especially of political science. There are two books Book reviewers have some of this role even in academic life. But before us, Anne Norton's (2004) 95 Theses and Ian Shapiro's there is a large body of professional critics in the social sciences (2005) The Flight from Reality. They both engage in fairly whose role is extraordinarily different. wholesale dismissal of much of the They criticize entire schools of thought social science they see around them. The body of professional critics of or explanation and they commonly conOne could note that they are fortunate to interest here are different; they are clude that the schools are a wrong turn be in the departments they are in; they often not engaged in social science and should be abandoned. One
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Jan 3, 2006
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