chapter  3
What a piece of work is man: the rise of the social sciences
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If the scientific method was a relatively recent addition to the repertoire of human experience, social science has practically just turned up to the party1. There have been precedents through history of emergent social science, because ideas spring from the soil and seed of their predecessor ideas, and social science is no different. But it was in the last few centuries that it started to gather enough interest, recognition and academic traction to call itself a separate field, or collection of branches.