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Talcott Parsons Quotes


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"If observed facts of undoubted accuracy will not fit any of the alternatives it leaves open, the system itself is in need of reconstruction."
"If there are four equations and only three variables, and no one of the equations is derivable from the others by algebraic manipulation then there is another variable missing."
"It is that of increasing knowledge of empirical fact, intimately combined with changing interpretations of this body of fact - hence changing general statements about it - and, not least, a changing a structure of the theoretical system."
"Moreover, the structure of a theoretical system tells us what alternatives are open in the possible answers to a given question."
"A theoretical system does not merely state facts which have been observed and that logically deducible relations to other facts which have also been observed."
"Among those who are satisfactory in this respect it is desirable to have represented as great a diversity of intellectual tradition, social milieu and personal character as possible."
"But the fact a person denies that he is theorising is no reason for taking him at his word and failing to investigate what implicit theory is involved in his statements."
"Empirical interest will be in the facts so far as they are relevant to the solution of these problems."
"Now obviously the propositions of the system have reference to matters of empirical fact; if they did not, they could have no claim to be called scientific."
"Of course there may well be particular reasons why Spencer rather than others is dead, as there were also particular reasons why he rather than others made such a stir."
"Special emphasis should be laid on this intimate interrelation of general statements about empirical fact with the logical elements and structure of theoretical systems."
"The implications of these considerations justify the statement that all empirically verifiable knowledge even the commonsense knowledge of everyday life - involves implicitly, if not explicitly, systematic theory in this sense."
"The importance of certain problems concerning the facts will be inherent in the structure of the system."
"Science is intimately integrated with the whole social structure and cultural tradition. They mutually support one other -- only in certain types of society can science flourish, and conversely without a continuous and healthy development and application of science such a society cannot function properly."
Author: Parsons Quotes Category: Scientists Quotes
"From all this it follows what the general character of the problem of the development of a body of scientific knowledge is, in so far as it depends on elements internal to science itself."
"In so far as such a theory is empirically correct it will also tell us what empirical facts it should be possible to observe in a given set of circumstances."
"It is probably safe to say that all the changes of factual knowledge which have led to the relativity theory, resulting in a very great theoretical development, are completely trivial from any point of view except their relevance to the structure of a theoretical system."
"Knowledge is held to be an entirely quantitative affair. The one important thing is to have observed what had not been observed before."
"A gloss is a total system of perception and language."
"But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory."



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