TITLE

HUMANIST SOCIOLOGIES: A COMMENTARY ON DIVERSITY AND TOLERANCE

AUTHOR(S)
Kuvlesky, William P.
PUB. DATE
February 1980
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Feb80, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
While it may be true that the vast majority of sociologists would claim to be humanists, it does not follow that they practice humanist sociology, or even practice sociology humanely. There is one, and only one, crucial belief that separates the humanistic sociologist from others. It is the belief that social science—sociology—is not an end itself, rather it is a tool to be used in the service of humanity. Sociological practice then should not be judged by internal and technical standards generated by the discipline. It should be evaluated by the test of how well it serves humanist and humanistic values. This belief is the single most important element of agreement that binds the community of Humanistic Sociologists together. Beyond this critical shared belief humanist sociologists diverge along a number of dimensions of sociological orientation and practice in a number of ways. Tolerance in a humanistic intellectual sense should not be interpreted as a lack of engagement or as a lack of critical appraisal and analysis of other humanists' work.
ACCESSION #
11540493

 

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