[Synoptic-L] Re: Hypothetical Source
I agree with much of what you note about the
pattern-recognition process and false positives. This
will lead two scholars with the same data and shared
values to varying conclusions, but the disagreements
reached will be fairly readily resolved through
Harder to resolve are differences in interpretation
based upon differences in values. Suppose that I lean
toward a materialist interpretation of historical
shifts -- so I look at economics and technology.
Suppose that another scholar considers ideological
forces more significant -- and thus looks at culture
and religion. In a nutshell, that's the basic
difference between Marxists and Weberians, and they
will differ regardless of whether or not they clear up
the false positives.
But I guess that this thread is getting rather far
removed from synoptic interrelationships, and since we
agree about a lot anyway, perhaps its best to stop
Assistant Professor Horace Jeffery Hodges
Hanshin University (Korean Theological University)
447-791 Kyunggido Osan-City
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