"If we take the dogmatic view that what is to men's interests, whether they are interested in it or not, is all that need concern us morally, then we run the risk of violating democratic values. We may become manipulators or coercers, or both, rather than persuaders within a society in which men are trying to reason together and in which the value of reason is held in high esteem.
"What I am suggesting is that
by addressing ourselves to issues and to troubles, and formulating them
as problems of social science, we stand the best chance, I believe the
only chance, to make reason democratically relevant to human affairs in
a free society, and so realize the classic values that underlie the promise
of our studies" (The Sociological Imagination,
1959, p. 194).