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SOCIAL SCIENCE AND POLITICAL THEORY

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Five talks by W. G. Runciman Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge Mr. Runciman speaks on the general nature of social science, with special reference to political behaviour and the misuse of such overrated terms as Left and Right. He cites a quotation of Max Weber 's from Tolstoy: ' Science is meaningless because it gives no answer to the only important question for us: What shall we do and how shall we live? ' ind suggests that if we can answer thli; question at all we need political philosophers with the best knowledge of social science and political sociologists with an adequate grasp of philosophy. Mr. Runciman thinks it is a pity that both sides have kept themselves, on purpose, as separate as possible.
1: What is Social Science ?
The social scientist who asks ' what is life like among the so-and-so's ' is a little like a natural scientist's getting off a train at Brighton and asking ' what is matter like in Sussex? '

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