Ballard, Chester C.
February 1980
Humanity & Society;Feb80, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p10
Academic Journal
The Humanist perspective in sociology is growing. As more and more writings on humanist sociology emerge, it seems increasingly difficult to explicate the parameters of this perspective and the shared commitments of its adherents. The author shares a commitment to humanism and feels more could be done to advance humanist sociology if one were more fully cognizant of one's beliefs, value positions, and assumptions regarding humanistic sociology. This paper explicitly addresses the metasociological considerations which are often given tacit, if any, attention. By focusing on the metasociological and metatheoretical positions which undergrid "normative" humanist sociology, it is possible to view this perspective as a potential paradigm. This analysis reflects the author's efforts to explicate that paradigm and assess its possible development as an alternative to establishment sociology. The humanist tradition is well known in social science. It emphasizes a people-centered science that serves human needs. Similarly humanist sociology is a discipline dedicated to serving the needs of humanity. Humanist sociologists see themselves as servants of humanity with the task of improving human welfare.


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