Edles and Appelrouth Definition of Theory

Edles and Appelrouth (p. 3)- Theory is a system of generalized statements or propositions about phenomena. Scientific theories must:

1. explain and predict the phenomena in question, and
2. produce testable and thus falsifiable hypotheses

Edles, Laura and Scott Appelrouth. 2010. Sociological Theory in the Classical Era. California: Pine Forge Press.

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