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I am writing an essay and would appreciate a little help with the language.

Social science is the knowledge (about the world) that would not have existed had human not existed.

Social science is the knowledge (about the world) that would not have existed if human does not exist.

Are they both grammatically correct? How to phrase it better?

  • As a note, the grammar aside, that's not what the definition of social science actually is; it's about human interactions within society. Your negative version would apply to any knowledge that is human-derived. – Jason Bassford Nov 28 '18 at 21:50
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...had humans not existed.

Or alternatively -

...had humankind not existed.

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    Or, as a further options, "had humanity not existed", or any variant with "[...]did not exist". – Darael Nov 28 '18 at 21:55

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