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PS102Lecture2 - PS 102 Introduction to Political Inquiry...

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Unformatted text preview: PS 102 Introduction to Political Inquiry Lecture 2 A way of acquiring knowledge Other methods include: authority, intuition, faith, etc. Goals of scientific method Causal explanation Generalizable statements Cumulation of causal knowledge Discipline relies on this method for understanding political behavior Non-normative Ethical concerns shape questions we ask and methods we use, but not the answers we get Empirical verification Knowledge based on data, not just theory Falsifiability Confidence in knowledge depends on ability to falsify it Empirical generalizations Goal is to remove proper nouns from our statements Explanatory claims Knowledge based on theory, not just data Implies theoretical claims about counterfactual events Explanations generally probabilistic Makes Predictions Ultimate arbiter of competing explanations Guards against curve fitting Cumulative Data are public Procedures are replicable Parsimony Occams razor a two-edged sword?...
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course POL SCI 102 taught by Professor Gelpi during the Spring '11 term at Duke.

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PS102Lecture2 - PS 102 Introduction to Political Inquiry...

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