Talcott Parsons Quotes

30 Talcott Parsons quotes:

"The functions of the family in a highly differentiated society are not to be interpreted as functions directly on behalf of the society, but on behalf of personality."
"The hypothesis may be put forward, to be tested by the s subsequent investigation, that this development has been in large part a matter of the reciprocal interaction of new factual insights and knowledge on the one hand with changes in the theoretical system on the other."
"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."
"The part an actor played on stage was once written on a separate roll of paper."
"The simplest way to see the meaning of the concept of a closed, system in this sense is to consider the example of a system of simultaneous equations."
"The system becomes logically closed when each of the logical implications which can be derived from any one proposition within the system finds its statement in another proposition in the same system."
"Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know, that is, the questions to which an answer is needed."
"Thus, in general, in the first instance, the direction of interest in empirical fact will be canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical 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."
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