Between Surprise and Social Science

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dc.contributor.author Maier, Charles S.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-18T16:44:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Maier, Charles S. 2009. Between surprise and social science. Max Weber Programme Lecture Series (EUI MWP LS 2009/04). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7736 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4727672
dc.description.abstract 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 the l980s, 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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship History en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher European University Institute en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://hdl.handle.net/1814/12400 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject surprise en_US
dc.subject narrative en_US
dc.subject counter-factual en_US
dc.title Between Surprise and Social Science en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Max Weber Programme Lecture Series en_US
dash.depositing.author Maier, Charles S.
dc.date.available 2011-02-18T16:44:56Z

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