Sociology can provide an admirable education. Its theoretical classics are as difficult as bracing and as rewarding as those of modern philosophy; its concern with the practical and present involves commitment to reality of a profound character; its difficulties are of a kind to encourage both intellectual rigour and a healthy scepticism about the limitations of human knowledge and capacity; its concern with justice and values restores the sociology student to a central and generous area of philosophical concern; its techniques are useful for the ordinary business of life and involve some understanding of the powers of both quantitative and comparative reasoning.
(‘Between Science and the Arts’, p. 442)
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