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The social and natural sciences ought to have, and hence offered specific normative theses. Note however that the specific theses they did offer were not entailed by a general naturalistic thesis and that the specific thesis offered by one social scientific naturalist was not always compatible with those offered by another. 3 It is vain therefore to seek a general formulation of social scientific naturalism which is worthy of debate and which was also accepted by all who have called themselves social scientific naturalists.

A. M. 88. 13. See W. I. Thomas, 'Social Behaviour and Personality', ed. E. H. Volkart (New York, 1951) p. 81. 14. 'Principles of Psychology', i 221 f. 15. 'SLH', p. 63. 16. Some of the points dealt with in the following are presented more elaborately in 'Common-Sense and Scientific Interpretation of Human Action', 'Collected Papers', i. 17. 'SLH', pp. 76 ff. and 81. 18. 'SLH', pp. 77 ff. 19. 'Methodology of the Social Sciences', pp. 52 and 251. 20. See Fritz Machlup, 'The Economics of Seller's Competition: Model Analysis of Seller's Conduct' (Baltimore, 1952) pp.

Thus it may transpire that generalisations or laws of biology will be explained not by biological theories but by theories of physical chemistry. And it very well may be the case that various laws of psychology will be ultimately explained by physiological laws. C therefore inherits the difficulties of B and obviously gives birth to some of its own. At this point we might suggest that we try to define the phrase 'is a science' not by reference to what its members have achieved but it terms of their procedures and collective aims.

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