Bernard Barber

Bernard BarberIn hmolscience, Bernard Barber (1918-2006) was an American sociologist noted for his 1970 publication and commentary of the "Sociology 23" lecture notes of Lawrence Henderson.

In 1970, Barber published, for the first time, Lawrence Henderson’s “Sociology 23” lecture notes, in which he gave a retrospect “Introduction to L.J. Henderson”, discussing Henderson’s idea of the social system and equilibrium in respect to Gibbs and Pareto. [1]

In circa 1936, Barber engaged in his undergraduate work in sociology at Harvard, during which time he attended Lawrence Henderson’s “Sociology 23”, the first time it was offered in the spring of 1938; he also took undergraduate sociology courses from: Pitirim Sorokin, Talcott Parsons, and Robert Merton. [2] Barber then completed his master’s and PhD degrees at Harvard; then was a sociology professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, for 35-years until his retirement, and in 1970 was chair of the sociology department. [3]

Quotes | Employed
The following are quoted cited, discussed, highlighted and or critiqued by Barber:

“A very important fact, which should never be forgotten in studying social phenomena, that nearly all supposedly qualitative questions turn out on examination to be quantitative.”
Lawrence Henderson (1938), “Sociology 23”, in L.J. Henderson on the Social System (pgs. 21, 142)

Pareto’s social system is in some respects analogous in its usefulness to Gibbsphysicochemical system. This system of Pareto’s disregards physical, chemical, and physiological phenomena, but makes possible in some measure the consideration of all interactions between persons. Like Gibbs’ system, it is clear and simple.”
Lawrence Henderson (1938), “Sociology 23”, in L.J. Henderson on the Social System (pgs. 30, 88)

Henderson’s method in discussion is feebly imitated by the pile-driver. His passion was hottest when his logic was coldest.”
George Homans (1948), The Society of Fellows [4]

The following are noted quotes:

“If Pareto had truly joined the social sciences to the natural sciences, an achievement Henderson very much wanted to see, it is only to be expected that he would put Pareto in the great company of Gibbs, Bernard, and even Newton.”
— Bernard Barber (1970), L.J. Henderson on the Social System (pg. 34)

1. Barber, Bernard. (1970). “Preface”, in: L.J. Henderson on the Social System (pgs. vii-ix). University of Chicago Press.
2. Cohen, I.B. (1992). “Social Studies of Science by Sociologist Bernard Barber” (pdf), Current Comments, Mar 2.
3. Barber, Bernard. (1970). “Introduction to L.J. Henderson”, in: L.J. Henderson on the Social System (pg. 27). University of Chicago Press.
4. (a) Homans, George, and Bailey, Orville T. (1948). The Society of Fellows (pg. 4). Harvard University Press.
(b) Barber, Bernard. (1970). “Introduction to L.J. Henderson”, in: L.J. Henderson on the Social System (pg. 6). University of Chicago Press.

Further reading
● Bernard, Barber. (1952). Science and the Social Order. Publisher.

External links
Bernard Barber papers, 1938-1988 – Columbia University Library.

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