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Unformatted text preview: they dont include everything Tasks for a Theory- what were going to use theories for Description- understanding cause and effects in history Prediction- if we understand case x that should shed some light on cause and effect in case y (i.e generalizability) Prescription- give me policy options, help me influence the future; i.e we worry about causes of war because we want to prevent it Provide normative goals- give us a picture of what that better world should look like Theories begin with assumptions Theories are built on assumptions Assumptions shape the qualities of each theory An assumption is something we assume to be true We assume something to be tue, because we know its not always true 09/01/2012 07:54:00 09/01/2012 07:54:00...
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