Ontology offers with the issues that we predict exist on the earth, and epistemology with how we come to find out about those things. Hardin (Chapter 2) suggests that we should begin social science inquiry with individuals, their motivations, and the kinds of transactions they undertake with each other.
Second, we’d expect that the invention of the tactic of regression and its (p. 13)introduction into political science would pre‐date the onset of “causal considering” in political science. In addition, in a time‐series regression of mentions of “causal thinking” on lagged values of mentions of “regression,” “correlation,” and “behavioralism” we’d expect a significant coefficient on lagged “regression.” We shall discuss this strategy in detail in a while.
As researchers, we might at this point rethink our dependent variable, but we are going to stick with mentions of “causal or causality” for 2 causes. First, these words (p. 12)come closest to measuring … Read More