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Sociology and the Abstract Sciences. The Origin of the Social Feelings

Briefer CommunicationsSociology and the Abstract Sciences. The Origin of the Social Feelings SAGE Publications, Inc.1895DOI: 10.1177/000271629500500506 Franklin H.Giddings Columbia College Professor Patten's communication on " The Relation of Economics to Sociology," in the ANNALS for January, narrows the main issue between his views and mine to a mere question of what my conception of sociology is and what it is not. He says : " At any rate, they (the sociologists) must choose between making their science a hypothetical science, dealing with the theory of social forces, and a realistic science dealing with the aggregate phenomena of the social world. Professor Giddings does not recognize this distinction. He defines sociology as an ' attempt to account for the origin, growth, structure and activities of human society by the operation of physical, vital, and psychical causes, working together in a process of evolution.' Here he evidently has in mind a concrete realistic science treating of all the phenomena of human society. On page 18, however, he says that sociology may be defined as the science of social elements and first principles.' Here I understand him to refer to the hypothetical science dealing with the social forces." I can only http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science SAGE

Sociology and the Abstract Sciences. The Origin of the Social Feelings

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Briefer CommunicationsSociology and the Abstract Sciences. The Origin of the Social Feelings SAGE Publications, Inc.1895DOI: 10.1177/000271629500500506 Franklin H.Giddings Columbia College Professor Patten's communication on " The Relation of Economics to Sociology," in the ANNALS for January, narrows the main issue between his views and mine to a mere question of what my conception of sociology is and what it is not. He says : " At any rate, they (the sociologists) must choose between making their science a hypothetical science, dealing with the theory of social forces, and a realistic science dealing with the aggregate phenomena of the social world. Professor Giddings does not recognize this distinction. He defines sociology as an ' attempt to account for the origin, growth, structure and activities of human society by the operation of physical, vital, and psychical causes, working together in a process of evolution.' Here he evidently has in mind a concrete realistic science treating of all the phenomena of human society. On page 18, however, he says that sociology may be defined as the science of social elements and first principles.' Here I understand him to refer to the hypothetical science dealing with the social forces." I can only
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