Johnston, Barry B.
December 1980
Humanity & Society;Dec80, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p363
Academic Journal
C. Wright Mills is suggesting that it is the responsibility of social scientists to develop theories and methodologies adequate to confront the major problems and issues encountered by mankind in a particular historical epoch. Several arguments presented with the authority of scholars to students, laymen, and neophyte social scientists are to the mind naive and irresponsible. This appears to me as the case because the others present as clear and self-evident, under which are not demonstrated to be so, and thus raise conjecture to the status of fact. They are irresponsible because the strategies offered as solutions do not appear, and are certainly not demonstrated, to be adequate to the problems which confront the majority of mankind on the planet today. Furthermore, on examination, their anarchic solutions do not appear adequate to the problems which they cite as significant. Specifically, the authors suggest that there is a primitive, innate natural self-which, left uncorrected by the authority and power of social relationships, will blossom forth into moral, meaningful man, Research on cases on social isolation challenges this view and supports the notion that humanness is a process and development which takes place only in groups.


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