Education: Facts with a Vengeance

At the 25th anniversary of the university's Social Science Research Building, Chancellor Lawrence A. Kimpton of the University of Chicago had some words to say about the social sciences: "There are too many people who enter the field with a readymade conclusion obtained from their local household gods rather than their laboratories, and proceed to gather facts and footnotes to substantiate it ... There is the sociologist who wants a better society of a certain kind . . . [the] social scientist of a minority group who gathers data about the difficulties of other minority groups ... the second-generation-immigrant historian who...

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