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Church, State and Social Science in IrelandKnowledge Institutions and the Rebalancing of Power, 1937-73$
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Peter Murray and Maria Feeny

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526100788

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526100788.001.0001

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1 Introduction
Church, State and Social Science in Ireland

Peter Murray

Maria Feeney

Manchester University Press

Underlying the institutional politics of the Irish university question was the clash between scientific rationalism a papal-championed revival of the scholastic philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. But in social science, as the growth of a Catholic social movement and a succession of Irish-published sociology textbooks illustrate, a natural law perspective long went unchallenged by secular alternatives. It was Catholic clerical academics who first embraced an empirical approach to social science in the Ireland of the 1950s but in the succeeding decade they found themselves marginalised by a new breed of state technocrats who perceived empirical social research as a useful tool for their planning project.

Keywords:   Religion, Science, Universities, Natural law, Empirical research, State planning

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