Jorge Finke

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Santiago de Cali, Colombia

Tel: (57-2) 3218200 ext. 798
Email: finke@ieee-dot-org

 
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Putting the theory after the history constitutes what I regard as the correct approach to analysis: theories ought to be inferred from facts, and not the other way around. Of course, there is no such thing as a pure confrontation with facts, devoid of prior theoretical constructs. Those who think they are empirical in that fashion are deluding themselves. But all too often social science begins with an elegant theory and then searches for facts that will confirm it.

— Francis Fukuyama, The Origins of Political Order