The Pitfalls of Post-Factum Sociological Interpretation: A Classroom Demonstration
American Sociological Association
"Hindsight is perfect." In our discipline the implications of this adage can be found in discussions of the pitfalls of post-factum sociological interpretation. The essence of such discussions is that theories always can be molded to fit the patterns we find in our data. My intent in this paper is to present a classroom technique for demonstrating the post-factum interpretation problem.