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Conclusion

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceeding chapters of this book. The book focuses on the social theoretical reasoning that follows from the adoption of a theoretical attitude towards language. His main purpose has been to render explicit the resulting logically deficient pattern of relating to our concepts as well as the alternative pattern OLP can help us establish. He began this book with contention that doing social theory consists primarily in assuming a theoretical attitude towards language and only derivatively in vindicating any proposition about social phenomena. We are now in a position to understand more fully why doing social theory is primarily adopting the theoretical attitude. In one sense, theoretical attitude is embedded in the very premisses of social theoretical enquiry; it is adopted as a first step and built into any subsequent investigation, debate or substantive proposition. In another related sense, were it not for the adoption of the theoretical attitude, a number of social theoretical problems would cease to exist.