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FAMILY: Kate - Revolutions & Cause Questions

My grand-daughter, Kate - I have never before used this filial phrase - be flattered, Kate - sought my comments on an exercise she is partaking in the context of her studies.  The proposition is:Question:Frederich Charles Schaffer (2013) was wholly right when he said, ‘If political scientists in seeking explanation for surprising human actions were to ask only cause questions &n...

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  1. Rakesh Ahuja

    Following Received from Vishal and KateFrom Vishal - a very entertaining response. However, having read the Schaffer paper, and then the Schwedler paper to which he refers, I am led to two observations. 1. Academia can be a bubble in which learned people can pontificate on pointless issues. 2. Ultimately, he says you should ask more than causal questions. This may be right but when stripped back, it means keeping an open mind - hardly earth shattering. rFrom Kate - thank you for highlighting some key points about revolutions while making me laugh - I can't copy them because they will get picked up by online plagiarism checker. Here is the thesis for my essay - Schaffer is valid in warning about the risks of limited enquiries due to misinterpreted cause questions, yet he has exaggerated the danger because (1) broad cause questions in relation to revolutions which are a matter of historical fact have low risk of limitation and (2) these risks can be mitigated by using critical historical inquiry (including questioning the bias of the questioner and the sources rather than simply asking.