Dear Rick:
Don't you think the agenda of a theory then is to be "a predictive expression of an observed pattern?"
Does every agenda have to be political?

Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 11:23:41 -0700
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Subject: Re: Residual agency
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Dear list


Diane wrote: Don't you think a theory is a de facto agenda?


Traditionally a theory is simply a predictive expression of an observed pattern.  I think theories can become agendas when their observed pattern has been conditioned by faith and/or ideology.


To the extent that literary theories are conditioned by faith and/or ideology they then are agendas.


Rick Seddon

Portales, NM





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