Why-questions and Motivational MechanismsTheoretical writing is usually intended to answer its author's "why-question" (e.g., "Why isn't there a war of all-against-all?" "Why do people cooperate?" "Why do social policies have unintended consequences?"). Theorists nearly always base their answers to these questions on an assumption (or premise) about human nature (e.g., "People are basically selfish." "People seek approval." "People avoid danger.") When synthesizing theorists' ideas, be sure to mention both their why-questions and the motivational mechanisms they presume people to have.
for first seminar on theorists:
for second seminar on theorists:
January 26-28 Conflict (the follower)
February 2-4 Function (the collaborator)
February 23-25 Anti-essentialism (persona subversion)
March 23-25 Risk (collaborator subversion)
March 30-April 1 deconstructionism (follower subversion)
April 6-8 restricted relativisms (universalism subversion)
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