Cognitive Value Commitments in Formal Theoretical Sociology

  title={Cognitive Value Commitments in Formal Theoretical Sociology},
  author={Thomas J. Fararo},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  pages={475 - 481}
  • T. Fararo
  • Published 1 November 2000
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
This paper aims to communicate some of the value commitments that characterize my approach to formal model building in theoretical sociology. It does this through a narrative method, an autobiographical account of shifts in intellectual interests through various phases of my career: from history to philosophy, from philosophy to sociology, from sociology to mathematics and back, followed by several long-term formal theoretical research programs. One of these, pertaining to the formal… 

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