By Lawrence Joseph Henderson; Edit and introduciton by bernard barber.
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Cf. Kent, The Great Game of Politics, New York. See M aine ( I II ) . /0 SOC IOLOGY 23 l osophy mingled with our current social sciences as there was at time in the medical doctrines of the Greeks. Thirdly, a great part of the social science of today consists of elaborate system atization on a very insufficient foundation of fact. Hippocrates endeavored to avoid myths and traditional rules, the grand search for philosophical truth, the authority of philo sophical beliefs, the concealment of ignorance with a show of sys tematic knowledge.
H the true Phil osoph y depe nds, S o man y are the link s, upo n whic wea k, the who le chai n i s in dang er of whic h, if any one be loos e, or with the Han ds and Eye s, and to of bein g disso lv'd ; it is to begi n be cont inue d by the Rea son ; nor to proc eed on thro ugh the Mem ory, t to the Han ds and Eye s agai n, and is it to stop ther e, but to com e abou from one F acul ty to anot her, it is so, b y a cont inua l pass age roun d h as the body of man is to be main taine d in life and stren gth, as muc ral part s of the body , seve the ugh by the circu latio n of the bloo d thro Hea rt, and the Hea d.
It needs for full success a more accurate grasp of more numerous variables than we can at p resent manage. Though it need not necessarily be formulated in pre cise mathematical terms, it ought to be formulated in terms more close to those of mathematics than we can honestly employ. In other words, it is better suited to a complete sociology of revolutions, o r a "dynamics of revolution," than to our modest study of the anatomy of four specific revolutions. We are here attempting merely a preliminary analysis, attempting to classify and systematize at a relatively low level of complexity _ 1 3 8 The something less that Brinton decided to settle for was what he alternately referred to as a "conceptual scheme" and a "meta phor" borrowed from the science of pathology.