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Evolution and Nebulousness in Theories
Current Research in Social Psychology
  • Barry N. Markovsky, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Publication Date
8-1-1997
Document Type
Article
Subject Area(s)
Sociology, Theory Construction
Disciplines
Abstract
Social scientists have a clear choice in how they may approach theory development. One path leads to "nebulous" theories that lack any real explanatory power. The other path capitalizes on evolutionary principles of variation and selection, vastly increasing the chances for explanatory success. I illustrate these ideas by reference to "artificial life" programs, and discuss the implications for theory construction in the social sciences.
Citation Information
Barry N. Markovsky. "Evolution and Nebulousness in Theories" Current Research in Social Psychology Vol. 2 Iss. 3 (1997) p. 24 - 29
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/barry_markovsky/24/