Logic of the Moral Sciences / Edition 1

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This work by the greatest nineteenth-century liberal thinker is one of the founding documents of modern social science, yet its numerous subtle insights and methodological proposals have still not been exhaustively pursued. Mill contends that complex phenomena like those of society cannot be analyzed by casual empiricism or direct experiment. Merely "empirical laws" based on historical generalizations must ultimately be derivable from a deductive science of human nature, notably psychology. Mill argues that free choice is not incompatible with deterministic explanation, criticizes Bentham's reduction of human motives to self-interest, defends Comte's law of three stages, and holds out the prospect of greatly improved policy-making founded on a more advanced social science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812690538
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1987
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1. Introductory Remarks 19
2. Of Liberty and Necessity 22
3. That there is, or may be, a Science of Human Nature 30
4. Of the Laws of Mind 35
5. Of Ethology, or the Science of the Formation of Character 46
6. General Considerations on the Social Science 61
7. Of the Chemical, or Experimental Method in the Social Science 65
8. Of the Geometrical, or Abstract Method 74
9. Of the Physical, or Concrete Deductive Method 83
10. Of the Inverse Deductive, or Historical Method 100
11. Additional Elucidations of the Science of History 121
12. Of the Logic of Practice, or Art; including Morality and Policy 134
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