by Gene Callahan Let's take social science broadly, in the sense of German wissenschaft, so that The Republic and Politics and The Social Contract are social science. (I would contend that they are, in fact, often much more scientific than the latest regression study of how detergent use correlates with the suicide rate.) So what, … Continue reading The Great Ideas of the Social Sciences
by Gene Callahan There has been a lot of commentary about Obama's "beer summit" with Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge Sgt. James Crowley at the White House to discuss Crowley's arrest of Gates. I must say that I admire Obama's approach here, as I find it refreshingly Aristotelian: the right way to … Continue reading Obama Has the Right Idea
by Gene Callahan I recently saw a prominent anarchist saying, in effect: "Look, we can all go wrong -- after all, one of the greatest thinkers in history called man 'the political animal.'" This statement, I think, exhibits a common misunderstanding of what Aristotle meant here. Man is a political animal, the Philosopher held, because … Continue reading Man: The Political Animal?