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A Humanist Science$
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Philip Selznick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758628

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758628.001.0001

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A Public Philosophy

A Public Philosophy

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(p.129) 11 A Public Philosophy
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A Humanist Science
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758628.003.0011

This chapter examines some major strands of public philosophy, which include freedom and human nature, kinship and identity, individualism and human relations, nurture and discipline, pluralism and civil society, and moral realism. It analyzes themes in the public philosophy of social science, stressing the prevalence of ambiguity and contingency. The chapter also notes that a “public philosophy” speaks to matters of public concern and serves as a source of insight and judgment. It consists of generalizations about persons, groups, and institutions that justify expectations and warn of dangers.

Keywords:   public philosophy, freedom, human nature, kinship, moral realism, civil society, social science

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