Antedating of "Social Science"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 13 03:31:08 UTC 2005

social science (OED 1811)

1796 Thelwall, John. Rights of nature, against the usurpations of
establishments. A series of letters to the people, in reply to the false
principles of Burke. 22 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  This
faint copyist, like his eccentric master, is an advocate for the
perpetuity of the old Gothic Customary; and, with all the admitted
improvements of social science, would fatter us to the institutions which,
twelve or fifteen hundred years ago, were fabricated, by ignorant savages,
in "the woods of Germany."

Fred Shapiro

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