If capitalism begins as the practical idealism of the aspiring bourgeoisie, it ends ... as an orgy of materialism.

— Talcott Parsons

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Sociology should... be thought of as a science of action-of the ultimate common value element in its relations to the other elements of action.


If observed facts of undoubted accuracy will not fit any of the alternatives it leaves open, the system itself is in need of reconstruction.


But the fact a person denies that he is theorising is no reason for taking him at his word and failing to investigate what implicit theory is involved in his statements.


A gloss is a total system of perception and language.


The importance of certain problems concerning the facts will be inherent in the structure of the system.


A theoretical system does not merely state facts which have been observed and that logically deducible relations to other facts which have also been observed.


A scientifically unimportant discovery is one which, however true and however interesting for other reasons, has no consequences for a system of theory with which scientists in that field are concerned.


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.


Empirical interest will be in the facts so far as they are relevant to the solution of these problems.


Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.


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.


The part an actor played on stage was once written on a separate roll of paper.


About Talcott Parsons

Quotes 14 sayings
Profession Sociologist
Birthday October 16

But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory.