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Social Laws, Part 10

by George H. Smith on Oct 10, 2014

Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.

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Social Laws, Part 9

by George H. Smith on Sep 26, 2014

Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.

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Social Laws, Part 8

by George H. Smith on Sep 19, 2014

Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.

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Social Laws, Part 7

by George H. Smith on Sep 12, 2014

Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises. 

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Social Laws, Part 6

by George H. Smith on Sep 5, 2014

Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.

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Social Laws, Part 5

by George H. Smith on Aug 29, 2014

Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.

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Social Laws, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Aug 22, 2014

Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.

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Social Laws, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Aug 8, 2014

Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.

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Social Laws, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Aug 1, 2014

Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.

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Social Laws, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Jul 25, 2014

Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.