Between Surprise and Social Science
EUI MWP LS, 2009/04
MAIER, Charles S., Between Surprise and Social Science, EUI MWP LS, 2009/04 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/12400
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Social scientists and historians have been living in a world of unexpected outcomes. The revival of passionate political ideologies in the l960s, the reversal of predicted secularization in the modern world, the collapse of communist regimes at the end of thel980s, and the contemporary economic crisis were all events that flew in the face of social-science predictions and analyses. But despite its prevalence most social science has not attempted to deal with surprise as a category of event. This essay seeks to analyze surprise at least as a category of explanation and narrative, one that mediates between counter-factual and factual.
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Series/Number: EUI MWP LS; 2009/04