The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays.New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1919 Stock Code: 147735
First edition, first printing. "Veblen's last important publication at Chicago was an essay, 'The Place of Science in Modern Civilization'. Published in 1906 in a sociological journal, it evidences none of the mordant satire or multisyllabic wordiness of The Theory of the Leisure Class. The argument is straightforward: 'so long as the machine process continues to hold its dominant place as a disciplinary factor in modern culture, so long must the spiritual and intellectual life of this cultural era maintain the character which the machine process gives it'. This essay, like much of Veblen's work, presents the reader with an anthropological-historical background to his argument showing the wide-ranging application of the idea of evolution, in time and in culture, biological as well as social. Joseph Dorfman, the acknowledged doyen of Veblen scholars, says that Veblen considered this essay his best" (ANB).
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Ownership label to rear free endpaper. Minor peripheral rubbing, light patch of browning to front endpaper and toning to contents; a very good copy.
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