Sociologists, Rosenstock-Huessy charges, often formulate their theories in this fashion: “an obscure Force A and a Relation B . . . affect Mr Y.” Sociologists “pretend that their science address a nameless world” (In the Cross of Reality, 4).
No such nameless world exists: “X and Y are unknown to reality, and so are ‘if A, the B’ scenarios.”
To engage reality, in short, sociology “must not begin with hoisting its concepts, but rather with laying hands on, and firmly grasping, the laws of an all-encompassing actualization” (4-5). And that actualization requires naming. Sociology must be nominal if it is to be a sociology of real society.