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303). Other commentators perceived a less ideologically committed evolutionary model within the work. Shapiro commented, rather tartly: 'any scholar who aspires to the role of Darwin ... is to be congratulated, if only for his courage. 820). Social Origins clearly put the cat amongst the pigeons. Was its author a doctrinaire ideologue or an open-minded scholar? A systematic thinker or a quirky anecdotalist? A Parsonian or an antiParsonian? A multi-factor theorist or an economic determinist? A Weberian?

First of all, the critical spirit has all but disappeared. Second, modern sociology, and perhaps to a lesser degree also modern political science, economic, and psychology, are a historical. Third, modern social science tends to be abstract and formal. In research, social science today displays considerable technical virtuosity. But this virtuosity is at the expense of content. Modern sociology has less to say about society than it did fifty years ago. 123) Moore's views on the state of the social sciences in the 1950s make pertinent reading in the 1980s for two reasons.

6). Stein Rokkan argued that the 'logical structure' of Moore's argument was 'astoundingly similar' to the model of European party systems developed by S. M. 137). 237). By contrast Harold Mey noted Moore's kinship with C. 162). 367). 259). Moore was being pushed into and out of other categories besides those already mentioned. 162). Stanley Rothman had another point ofview. 62). An opinion shared by a number of reviewers was that Moore stood in the Marxist tradition because of his treatment of class relationships.

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