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The Nature of Human Nature

Nature volume 140, page 566 (02 October 1937) | Download Citation



AMERICAN sociology has been often described as suffering from two major though mutually exclusive complaints: a tendency to systematization which borders on vacuous verbosity ; or, in contrast, a raw empiricism satisfied with increasingly detailed descriptions and the endless and aimless collection of fact, numerical in preference. On the whole, this indictment is as unfair as in a few exceptional cases it is amusingly apposite.

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