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In A Series of Problems

By Members of the Department of Political
Economy of the University of Chicago
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The problem of improving the current methods of teaching the elementary course in economics is now attracting widespread interest. The Outlines of Economics Developed in a Series of Problems is an attempt on the part of its authors to make some advances in this direction. The ideals which have most fundamentally determined the character and content of the book are: (I) A belief that the elementary course in economics offers exceptional opportunities for training in thinking and reasoning

-a sort of training the importance of which can hardly be exaggerated. Thus the Outlines seeks to stimulate the student to active and independent thought, to help him to reason out for himself the fundamental principles, and to form his own conclusions on questions of applied economics. It is believed that the inductive-problem method here used is the one best adapted to accomplish this end. (2) A desire to connect the theoretical principles of economics with the actual facts and with problems of the business world, and to induce the student to apply his knowledge of that world to the subject of study.

The result is a careful, analytical syllabus of the subjects usually covered in the introductory course, accompanied by some 1,200 questions and problems, designed: (a) to afford set problems for written work; (b) to guide the student in his reading, while fostering independent thinking; (c) to give direction to classroom discussion. It is expected that the Outlines will be used in connection with some textbook. Nation. In their Outlines of Economics, Developed in a Series of Problems

(the University of Chicago Press), three members of the Department of Political Economy in the University of Chicago have performed with remarkable thoroughness and grasp a task of great difficulty. The book consists in the main of sets of searching questions, dealing successively with every phase of the great subject, the order being determined by the attempt of the authors “not only to link economic theory with descriptive material, but in a measure to build the theory up out of the familiar events of economic life"; an attempt in which, we believe, they have succeeded as completely as the case admits. But the questions do not stand alone; as a rule, each set is introduced by a concise indication of the central ideas or doctrines involved, the state

ment in every instance being marked by exemplary clearness and vigor. THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS, CHICAGO, ILL.

Papers and Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Meeting

CONTENTS The Quality of Civilization

FRANKLIN H. GIDDINGS The City as a Socializing Agency

FREDERIC C. HOWE The Urban Habit of Mind

HOWARD B. WOOLSTON Recreation as a Public Function in Urban Communities

JANE ADDAMS Report of the Committee of Ten The Restriction of Immigration

HENRY PRATT FAIRCHILD The Application of the Social Survey to Small Communities

JOHN LEWIS GILLIN Agricultural Education and Its Relation to Rural Sociology A. F. WOODS Constitution of the American Sociological Society Membership List

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William L. Tower, and Charles B. Davenport

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THIS book consists of a series of public lectures delivered at the University of

Chicago. The lectures were given partly by members of the University

Faculty, and partly by investigators from other institutions. As all these men are distinguished for work in these fields, the subject is summarized in an unusually authoritative way. The purpose of the volume is to present to the intelligent public an account of the more important and interesting movements in biology. It is profusely illustrated.

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By BENJAMIN M. DAVIS, Professor of Agricultural Education in Miami University

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IN this book Professor Benjamin M. Davis has attacked the problem of the

co-ordination of all the agencies now at work on the problem of agricultural

education. He has performed a service which will be appreciated by all who have any large knowledge of the problem and of the difficulties which the movement encounters. He has made an effort to canvass the whole field and to give a detailed exposition of the forces employed in building up a rational course of agricultural education. He has presented more fully than anyone else the materials which define the problem and which make it possible for the teacher to meet it intelligently. The annotated bibliography at the end of the book will do much to make the best material available for anyone desiring to get hold of this material through independent study. The book serves, therefore, as a general introduction to the study of agricultural education.

The University of Chicago Press

Chicago, Illinois

Sociological Study of the Bible

Author of "An Examination of Society, etc. Formerly Instructor in Economics

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\HE main thesis of this work was published in a series in the American Journal of Sociology. The treatise emphasizes the claims of scientific sociology from a new and promising angle of approach. Professors of biblical interpretation are

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I think there is no controverting your thesis that the study of the Bible must now become sociological. I find your work throughout at once bold and careful, and I should like to see it brought to the attention of scholars everywhere.” The Reverend Dr. John Collins Jackson, of the First M.E. Church, London, Ohio, writes: “Your sociological study of the Bible unravels many a mystic tangle over which I have often pondered. It carries its own convincing evidence with it. It opens up a new field for sermonic effort in the problems of today.”


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In the discussion of future social evolution there is to be met the recurrent expression of a fear that with the progress toward a universal culture will come a decline in the characteristic content of individuality. Especially in debates concerning alternative programs for social action has the charge been made. Socialistic schemes of reorganization in particular have been distrusted by their opponents on this ground. Under the general regimentation of mankind and of human offices which is assumed in connection with this conception, distinction and originality, it is said, will disappear because the impulse to initiative and inner differentiation will have been withdrawn, and the flavor of unique and stimulating personalities will be merged and lost in a multitudinous commonalty in which a single social type is incessantly repeated.

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