To customs and beliefs, the very ones we hold
ruthlesslyattaches the adjective 'arbitrary'. Raymond Claude Ferdinand Aron Politics and History.
It appears, then, that ethics, as a branch of knowledge, is nothing more than a
department of psychologyand sociology. SirAlfred Jules Ayer Language, Truth and Logic, ch.6.
What is it about sociology that instantly bogsus down in fens of jargon? Russell Wayne Baker In the NewYork Times,15 Dec.
Economics is all about how people make choices. Sociology isall
about why theydon't haveanychoicesto make. James Stemble Duesenberry In the National Bureau of Economic Research's Demographic and
Economic Change in the Developed World.
Sociology is a new science concerning itself not with esoteric
matters outside the comprehension of the layman, as the
older sciences do, but with the ordinary affairs of
ordinary people. This seems to engender in those
who write about it a feeling that the lack of
anyabstruseness in their subject matter demands a
compensatoryabstruseness in their language. 365 Sir Ernest Arthur Gowers 'Sociologese', in H F Fowler A Dictionary of Modern
English Usage (2nd rev
Sociology isthescience of talk, and there is onlyone law in sociology. Bad
talk drives out good. Frank Hyneman Knight Quoted in Paul A
Samuelson The Samuelson Sampler (1973).
With all allowance made for Marx's erudition and his historic impact
upon the social sciences, especially
sociology, it is as an art united with prophecy, virtually
religious prophecy, that Marxism survives. Robert Nisbet Sociology as an Art Form, ch.5.
Sociology was born of the modern ardor to improve society. AlbionW Small An Introduction to the Study of Society (with
George E Vincent,1894).
Sociology seems to have missed every intellectually promising boat in
the last half century. Pierre L van den Berghe 'From the Popocatepetl to
the Limpopo', collected in Bennett Berger (ed) Authors
of their Own Lives (1990).