Ideas

Ideas

  1. Provide students with a portfolio of literature from which we derive findings that can be put together to create a cumulative theory of how something works.
  2. Make clear why we study what. Importance of basic concepts as seeing phenomena, making distinctions. Not ontological, but definitive of variables? Dimensions?
  3. Cumulative theory building vs. new research that just challenges an old idea on basis of current ideology
  4. The purpose of sociology (and social theory) is not to show that the world is unfair, unjust, or that your group has gotten screwed
  5. Two kinds of theory: deductive/calculable/positive (based on first principles and logic) vs. inductive/cumulative/refining (based on empirical findings)
  6. Frequency distribution of dates of cited works
  7. "As in other cases, the task is to make use of the contributions of other researchers while disengaging them from orientations that are a hindrance to explanatory advance." R. Collins, Conflict Sociology (1975), 43.8.
  8. "We will know we have a successful sociological science when the most remote societies and the most striking changes are no longer occasions for theoretical surprise." R. Collins, Conflict Sociology (1975), 48.5.
  9. Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved. Frans de Waal. Edited by Stephen Macedo & Josiah Ober
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