- 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.
- Make clear why we study what. Importance of basic concepts as seeing phenomena, making distinctions. Not ontological, but definitive of variables? Dimensions?
- Cumulative theory building vs. new research that just challenges an old idea on basis of current ideology
- The purpose of sociology (and social theory) is not to show that the world is unfair, unjust, or that your group has gotten screwed
- Two kinds of theory: deductive/calculable/positive (based on first principles and logic) vs. inductive/cumulative/refining (based on empirical findings)
- Frequency distribution of dates of cited works
- "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.
- "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.
- Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved. Frans de Waal. Edited by Stephen Macedo & Josiah Ober
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