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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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The Postulate of Humanity

The Postulate of Humanity

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A Humanist Science
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This chapter explores the postulate of humanity, a remedy for an undercurrent of resistance to theories and methods that fail to grasp or stubbornly ignore both the wholeness and the complexity of human persons and the contributions which social inquiry can make to human well-being. It considers studies of delinquency and other forms of deviance in modern sociology. The postulate has been a major theme in the history of the social sciences and shows how those disciplines connect to the humanities. In the twentieth century that humanist voice was stilled by a dominant “scientism.” Nevertheless, a humanist impulse remained, affirming the view that social science should do full justice to the subjectivity, particularity, plurality, and historicity of human existence.

Keywords:   deviance, social science, human postulate, delinquency studies, scientism

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