The Great Ideas of the Social Sciences

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

Man: The Political Animal?

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?