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Unformatted text preview: they don’t include everything ← Tasks for a Theory- what we’re 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 it’s not always true 09/01/2012 07:54:00 ← 09/01/2012 07:54:00 ←...
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- Spring '09
- dependent variables, generalizability, behavior imperfect predictions