Soft Sciences

The Owl’s last two written posts dealt with Science from their different angles. Here is a third, about some who claim to have a scientific world view and take on human affairs as fitting subjects for their investigations. Hence, we have sociology, political science, etc.

This might make an interesting thought-experiment, but what they call science quickly devolves to a misappropriation of a certain authority, a mystical certitude, supposedly coming from realms of objectivity above the fray of meanings as poets, theologians, politicians, and the rest of us think of them. At this point, social ‘scientists’ become truly dangerous. For if we ought to have learned anything from science as it plays out in the twentieth century (the atomic bomb, eugenics, Stalinism), it is not to trust these fellows with the language of justice or democracy.

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