Free-Thought in the Social Sciences (Routledge Revivals)
By J. A. Hobson
Routledge – 1926 – 288 pages
This Routledge Revival sees the reissue of a seminal work by British economist, sociologist and academic John A. Hobson, elucidating his views on a variety of topics across the social sciences. He makes particular reference to the struggle between the disinterested urge of the social scientist and the interests and other motive forces which tend to influence and mould his processes of inquiry. The work is split into three parts, focussing upon free-thinking, economics and political ethics respectively.
Part I: The Art of Free-Thinking 1. The Disinterested Pursuit of Knowledge 2. The Bias of Metaphor 3. Disinterested Science and the Interests 4. Taboos in the Social Sciences 5. Personal and Economic Biases Part II: The Making of an Economic Science 6. The Rise of Political Economy 7. Neo-classical Economics in Britain 8. Marginalism in Neo-classical Economics 9. The Economics of Human Welfare 10. Proletarian Economics Part III: Free-Thought in Politics and Ethics 11. Power-Politics 12. Race Eugenics as a Policy 13. The Struggle for a Free Ethics 14. The Survival Power of Free-Thought