Quotation by Talcott Parsons

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The Social System (1951)

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Science is intimately integrated with the whole social structure and cultural tradition. They mutually support one other—only in certain types of society can science flourish, and conversely without a continuous and healthy development and application of science such a society cannot function properly.
Talcott Parsons (1902–1979), U.S. sociologist. The Social System, ch. 8 (1951).

Parsons, a functionalist, argued that social practices had to be studied in terms of their function in maintaining society.
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