Framing theory building as a choice between grand theory
and particularism produces, according to Sartori, an "oscillar[ion] between two unsound extremes"--either a fixation on detail that abandons the necessity of conceptual development, logical rigor, and the search for similarity, or a devotion to theorizing that is ungrounded in empirical reality (1970, 1033).
The flip side of the focus on grand theory
and popular constitutionalism, of course, is a decline in doctrinal scholarship.
Carroll refers in passing to Frederick Crews' parody of evolutionary literary criticism, but without acknowledging the principled skepticism of Grand Theory
as such underpinning Crews' various writings.
Scientists are using the data they collect from planets other than Earth to help create a grand theory
of what causes weather throughout the solar system.
Not only did he deploy a rather rudimentary grasp of placename theory in order to uncover the actual names of the early track-makers, he also attempted to link early Britain to Biblical and Babylonian societies in his grand theory
of geometrical alignment.
While the complexity in the status of theory reflects the complexity of career behaviour, the need for a corresponding complex grand theory
, or group of theories, was the basis of the challenge posed to career theorists over a decade ago (Savickas & Lent, 1994).
So, the grand theory
that a government can lower interest rates to persuade businesses to stockpile inventories is no longer as effective.
Its diversity, apparent in these essays, means that historians cannot, at the same time, reduce it to a few constants, or explain it through grand theory
, be it confessionalization or the Weber thesis.
Along this line, they argue that a grand theory
of feminism that encapsulates all forms of oppression must be abandoned, for oppression varies not only cross-culturally, but by gender, race, ethnicity, and class.
A popular text emphasizing the grand theory
tradition might be Mast, Cohen, and Braudy's Film Theory and Criticism.
Tunnel vision sets in; every analysis, whatever the topic, becomes an occasion for the grand theory
The Third Way coming as it did out of the `Demos' thinktank -- established by the group around the discontinued Marxism Today magazine -- was to a degree influenced by post-structuralist critique of grand theory
and the need to recognise the incompleteness of knowing.
Generalizations at the "middle range" level are typically more "data connected" than grand theory
The first generation features the development of grand theory
which explain the emergence of the welfare state (for example the functionalist perspectives of industrialization and the socio-political theory of marxism).
Try as he would, his grand theory
always fell apart into a bundle of essays.