Grand Theory

Disciplines: Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology

A class of theories rather than a particular one.

Grand theory is any theory which attempts an overall explanation of social life, history, or human experience. It is normally contrasted with empiricism, positivism, or the view that understanding is only possible by studying particular instances, societies, or phenomena.

Source:
Quentin Skinner, ed., The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences (Cambridge, 1985)

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