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The Nature of Social Laws : Machiavelli to Mill - Robert Brown

The Nature of Social Laws

Machiavelli to Mill

Paperback Published: 13th October 1986
ISBN: 9780521338295
Number Of Pages: 284

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This volume is a study of the development of the idea that human social behaviour is governed by laws comparable to the laws of natural science. The author sets out to provide a clear account of the arguments put forward from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries about the nature and possibility of social laws. Although analytical rather than historical in approach, the discussions are always informed by a knowledge of the relevant context and sufficient detail is provided to characterise the views in question accurately. The critical expositions of the views are presented elegantly and succinctly, in a way which reveals their bearing on the problems involved - problems which are still the subject of lively debate today. The book, which is written with great clarity and balance, will be of interest to students and specialists in the history of ideas, philosophy, law, religion and the histories and methodologies of the different social sciences.

From isolated generalisations to the 'circle of commerce'
Political principles and unintended consequences
Social explanation as applied psychology
The causal laws of social progress
The methods of social economy
Vico's humanistic science of history
Comte and the objective knowledge of social stages
J. S. Mill: the structure of a social science
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ISBN: 9780521338295
ISBN-10: 0521338298
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 13th October 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.42