The Logic of the Moral Sciences

The Logic of the Moral Sciences

by John Stuart Mill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0812690559

ISBN-13: 9780812690552

Pub. Date: 06/01/1987

Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company

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"

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812690552
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/01/1987
Series:
Open Court Classics
Pages:
144

Table of Contents

Introduction9
1.Introductory Remarks19
2.Of Liberty and Necessity22
3.That there is, or may be, a Science of Human Nature30
4.Of the Laws of Mind35
5.Of Ethology, or the Science of the Formation of Character46
6.General Considerations on the Social Science61
7.Of the Chemical, or Experimental Method in the Social Science65
8.Of the Geometrical, or Abstract Method74
9.Of the Physical, or Concrete Deductive Method83
10.Of the Inverse Deductive, or Historical Method100
11.Additional Elucidations of the Science of History121
12.Of the Logic of Practice, or Art; including Morality and Policy134

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