9-8-10 CONTEMP - Contemporary Sociological Theory 9/8/10...

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Contemporary Sociological Theory – 9/8/10 Monday class on a Wednesday. Theory – An abstract explanation for why/how society (or some aspect of it) operates. Theories provide broad, general ideas about the way the world works - A theory is a systematically arranged set of concepts and propositions Theories : - Explain - Are testable empirically - Are processes (like life itself, theoretical ideas are open to constant revision, change, and disagreement.) Metatheory - Involves all of the assumptions, often unspoken, that influence the way a theory is developed. - In all science there is the assumption of order. Things happen, not haphazardly or randomly, but for a reason. - Underlying values/political commitments. (Utilitarianism vs. Social Contract) Utilitarianism – if we let people make rational decisions fro themselves, the decisions they make will benefit everyone. . Ontology - the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being  as such. - possibly more of an abstract level of commitments and values. . -
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This note was uploaded on 07/03/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 314 taught by Professor Mische during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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9-8-10 CONTEMP - Contemporary Sociological Theory 9/8/10...

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