L. J. Henderson on the Social System: Selected Writings by Lawrence Joseph Henderson; Edit and introduciton by bernard

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.

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