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The Art of Social Theory$
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Richard Swedberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155227

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155227.001.0001

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The Art of Social Theory

Richard Swedberg

Princeton University Press

This chapter presents the project of creative theorizing in social science. One can approach the topic of theorizing and its current situation with the help of the distinction between the context of discovery and the context of justification. The expression context of discovery refers to the stage at which new ideas for how to explain a phenomenon are generated. The context of justification refers to the stage that comes after this, or when these ideas are given the form that they should have when they are presented to the scientific community. The new type of theorizing advocated in this book primarily draws on a plurality of forms of thinking. These forms include analogies, pattern recognition, diagrams, and the like.

Keywords:   creative theorizing, social science, theorizing, discovery, justification, thinking, analogies, pattern recognition, diagrams

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