A Guide to Social Science Based on Human Ideals

With the question of the importance of telling the truth, knowing who is able to tell the truth, and knowing why we should tell the truth we have the roots of the 'critical' tradition of the west
Michel Foucault
The truth is that the ideals we introduce into the subject matter of our science are not peculiar to it, nor are they produced by this science itself; rather they are the old, general types of human ideals.
Max Weber
Many people say that it is the intellect, which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
Albert Einstein
The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.
Pierre Bourdieu

& Consequential Thought

Sociology is socially weak and all the weaker, no doubt, the more scientific it is. (but) any political program that fails .. the possibilities for action that science can help uncover, can be guilty of non-assistance to a person in danger.
Pierre Bourdieu
On the importance of the matter we have testimony from ancient times. Everybody knows that conceptual clarity was essential for Socrates. But let us here take an even older example. When Confucius one time was asked, what he considered to be of the greatest importance in the art of government, he answered: To put words and concepts correctly. Because if the concepts don't fit, the works won't be made. If the works aren't made then morality and art cannot thrive. And if morality and art do not thrive then the punishment do not hit the targets. And if the punishments don't hit, the people don't know where to put the hand and the foot. - That is why the scholar make sure that he can transform his words into action. The scholar cannot endure anyting in his words that do not fit. This is what everything depends on.
Knud Grue-Sørensen