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inconvenient weber

12.01.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

… not sure we’re following this maxim enough in contemporary social science teaching…

‘The primary task of a useful teacher is to teach his students to recognize “inconvenient” facts – I mean facts that are inconvenient for their party opinions. And for every party opinion there are facts that are extremely inconvenient, for my opinion no less than for others. I believe the teacher accomplishes more than a mere intellectual task if he compels his audience to accustom itself to the existence of such facts. I would be so immodest as even to apply the expression “moral achievement”…’ Max Weber – ‘Science as Vocation’ , in: H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills (eds) From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology, London, Routledge, 1948, p.147

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