Introduction to Political Science: Two Series of Lectures by Sir J. R. Seeley

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Macmillan and Company, 1896 - 387 páginas
 

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Página 274 - THE power of the crown has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished...
Página 6 - Wisdom is the principal thing ; therefore get wisdom : and with all thy getting get understanding.
Página 129 - I treat government not as a conscious contrivance, but as a half-instinctive product of the effort which human beings make to ward off from themselves certain evils to which they are exposed. If then you ask, How much government ought we to have ? the only answer I can give will be, You not only ought to have but you infallibly will have as much government as is necessary for this purpose.
Página 27 - If we neglect the first process, we shall accumulate facts to little purpose, because we shall have no test by which to distinguish facts which are important from those which are unimportant; and of course, if we neglect the second process, our reasonings will be baseless, and we shall but weave scholastic cobwebs
Página 14 - ... into existence several sciences ; for example, the science of language and economic science. The phenomenon in question is this. As a matter of course human beings, like other animals, are united together in families, and we might be prepared to find the family tie stronger and the family organisation somewhat more developed in them than in inferior animals. But we observe something more, something which, when we think philosophically, — that is, when we contemplate it as if we had not been...
Página 34 - Europe into the bargain, should yield but a small proportion of the whole number of varieties, while those states less familiar to us, and which our manuals are apt to pass over in silence as barbarous, yielded a far larger number.
Página 3 - It is my point of departure; it is the first aphorism in the system of political scjence_ which I am about to expound to you, that this science is not a thing ' distinct from history but inseparable from it. ( To call it a part of history might do some violence to the usage of language, but I may venture to say that ^ history without political science is a study incomplete, truncated, as on the other hand political science without history is hollow and baseless — or in one word : History without...
Página 217 - legislation does not mean finance, criticism of the administration, or ninety-nine out of the hundred things with which in England the Parliament occupies itself. The legislature should legislate, ie construct grand laws on scientific principles of jurisprudence, but it must respect the independence of the executive as it desires its own independence to be respected. It must not criticise the government, and as its legislative labours are essentially of a scientific character, there can be no reason...
Página 18 - ... the nation though sometimes roughly coinciding with it, is the subject of political science. Or since the distinctive characteristic of the state, wherever it appears, is that it makes use of the arrangement or contrivance called government, we may say that this science deals with government as political economy deals with wealth, as biology deals with life, as algebra deals with numbers, as geometry deals with space and magnitude.
Página vi - The authors of them would be lured by a subtle cross-examination into themselves exposing their inconsistencies. Then the professor would take up his parable. He would first discuss the different senses in which the term had already been used in literature. . . . From an examination of inconsistent accounts the professor would proceed to the business of building up by a gradual process, and with the help of the class itself, a definition of his own. ... It was not told us on authority as something...

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