Re: [OPE-L] "Levels of abstraction"

From: Jerry Levy (jerry_levy@VERIZON.NET)
Date: Fri Feb 01 2008 - 08:09:19 EST

> You are right, but generality is one of the three criteria by
> which one judges theories.

Hi Dave Z:

*Too much* generality (over-generality) is also a criteria by which one views a theory. I.e. a social theory should accurately specify the parameters of its own domain and not over-reach by also attempting to explain domains which existed prior to the coming into being of the subject of the theory.

The theory and science of evolution seeks to explain the origin and evolution of species. It hence has great generality.  That doesn't mean, though, that the same concept of evolution is the guiding organizational principle of capitalism.

In solidarity, Jerry

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