The social sciences have long been facing the challenge of establishing their own status.One solution to this challenge has been the use of the natural sciences as a ‘model of modernization’. This has led to various critical reactions within social sciences. Two have been particularly relevant recently. The rhetorical angle that Skinner, McCloskey, and Klamer, among others, suggest in their respective disciplines, and the rescue of phronesis by Flyvbjerg, who tries to account for absent realities in the mathematical models as for example power. My hypothesis is that both (the rhetoric angle and the phronetic science) assume and complement each other in a propaedeutic way and can be interpreted as a narratological tendency that corresponds to a Nietzschean moment.