Re: [OPE-L] [Jurriaan re] The utility of statistics in social science

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Sat Oct 15 2005 - 12:01:50 EDT

[Jurriaan wrote:]
> As regards the utility of social statistics to describe aggregate social
> trends and effects, Lenin started to write a pamphlet on the topic during
> the first world war, a month or so before the February revolution in
> 1917.
> He never
> completed it. His focus seems to have been on the nationalities question
> and the demographics of the world population. His comments are
> interesting, insofar as he explains why quantitative investigation is
> relevant: namely, to get beyond "generalities", "phrase mongering" and
> concepts devoid of real content. This is, incidentally, the same Lenin
> who made a study of Hegel's dialectics.


Who _specifically_ are you arguing with?

In solidarity, Jerry

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