Looking for the Good Society
Robert N. Bellah, in Teachers College Rec- ord (Fall 198 I), Teachers College, Coium-
the Good Society bia University. 525 West 120th St.. New York, N.Y. 10027
The early Greek philosophers openly debated what a society's goals should be. But since the time of Niccolo Machiavelli (1469- 1527), social theorists have repeatedly professed to pure objectivity. Their claims are misleading, contends Bellah, a Berkeley sociologist.
Machiavelli claimed he described how the world was, not how it should...