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AuthorKapp, K. William. author
TitleToward a Science of Man in Society [electronic resource] : A Positive Approach to the Integration of Social Knowledge / by K. William Kapp
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1961
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-3660-3
Descript 244 p. online resource

SUMMARY

THIS study is concerned with the search for a new unity of social knowledge and social inquiry. As such it is addressed to all those who see in the present compartmentalization and specialยญ ization of the social sciences the reason for the bewildering proยญ liferation of subject matters, the preoccupation with trivia and the failure to make the maximum use of our knowledge for human welfare. More specifically, I am addressing this book to those who are dealing with "interdisciplinary" problems such as the study of foreign areas, the analysis of sociocultural change, economic development of "backward" economies and the planning and teaching of "integrated" courses in the social sciences. The book suggests an answer to the question, How can our specialized knowledge about man and society be unified? As such the study reflects the conviction that all scientific knowledge, in order to make the greatest possible contribution to human welfare, must become comprehensive in character. In fact, such knowledge differs from popular and common-sense understanding precisely by the fact that it is systematically formulated and held together in terms of a few unifying conceptual frameworks. Indeed, all scientific understanding is, above all, an effort to simplify by unifying what has long appeared as unrelated and disparate. Those who believe that compartmentalization and specialization are the royal road to success in the social sciences may find this an irritating book


CONTENT

One The Fragmentation of Social Knowledge -- I. Specialization and Compartmentalization: Symptoms and Effects -- II. The Causes of Compartmentalization -- III. Approaches to Integration: A Critical Review -- Two Levels of Organization Inanimate Matter, Living Organisms and Human Society -- IV. Inanimate Matter -- V. Living Organisms -- VI. Human Society -- Three Man and Culture as Integrating Conceptual Frameworks -- VII. Integration by Common-Denominator Concepts -- VIII. Toward a Concept of Man and Human Nature -- IX. The Modern Concept of Culture -- X. Integration and the Strategy of Scientific Inquiry -- XI. Toward of Science of Man in Society -- Index of Authors -- Subject Matter Index


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