The Cameralists, the Pioneers of German Social Polity

University of Chicago Press

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University of Chicago Press
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Dec 31, 1909
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606
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Excerpt from Introduction to the Science of Sociology: Development of Modern Philosophies of Society, With Special Reference to Comte Schaffle, Bluntchli, Lieber, Lotze, Spencer and Ward
Our business is, - seeing how vain is any research into what are called Causes, whether first or final, - to pursue an accurate discovery of these Laws, with a view to reducing them to the smallest possible number. By speculating upon Causes, we could solve no difiiculty about origin and purpose. Our real business is to analyze accurately the circum stances of phenomena, and to connect them by the natural relations of succession and resemblance. The best illustration of this is in the case Of the doctrine of Gravitation. We say that the general phenomena of the universe are caplained by it. Because it connects under one head the whole immense variety of astronomical facts; exhibiting the constant tendency of atoms toward each other in direct proportion to their masses, and in inverse proportion to the squares of their distance; while the general fact itself is a mere extension of one which is perfectly familiar to us, and which we therefore say that we know - the weight of bodies on the surface of the earth. As to what weight and attraction are, we have nothing to do with that, for it is not a matter of knowledge at all. Theologians and metaphysicians may imagine and refine about such questions but positive philosophy rejects them. When any attempt has been made to explain them it has only ended in saying that attraction is universal weight, and that weight is terrestrial attraction: that is, that the two orders of phenomena are identical, which is the point from which the question set out.
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
Albion W. Small
Excerpt from Introduction to the Science of Sociology: Development of Modern Philosophies of Society, With Special Reference to Comte Schaffle, Bluntchli, Lieber, Lotze, Spencer and Ward
Our business is, - seeing how vain is any research into what are called Causes, whether first or final, - to pursue an accurate discovery of these Laws, with a view to reducing them to the smallest possible number. By speculating upon Causes, we could solve no difiiculty about origin and purpose. Our real business is to analyze accurately the circum stances of phenomena, and to connect them by the natural relations of succession and resemblance. The best illustration of this is in the case Of the doctrine of Gravitation. We say that the general phenomena of the universe are caplained by it. Because it connects under one head the whole immense variety of astronomical facts; exhibiting the constant tendency of atoms toward each other in direct proportion to their masses, and in inverse proportion to the squares of their distance; while the general fact itself is a mere extension of one which is perfectly familiar to us, and which we therefore say that we know - the weight of bodies on the surface of the earth. As to what weight and attraction are, we have nothing to do with that, for it is not a matter of knowledge at all. Theologians and metaphysicians may imagine and refine about such questions but positive philosophy rejects them. When any attempt has been made to explain them it has only ended in saying that attraction is universal weight, and that weight is terrestrial attraction: that is, that the two orders of phenomena are identical, which is the point from which the question set out.
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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