Keywords: Theory, social theory, theorizing, Peirce, Charles S., abduction.
As part of the larger project of trying to revitalize social theory by drawing attention to
theorizing, I analyze the views of philosopher Charles S. Peirce on this topic. I take my departure
in his 1903 lecture called "How to Theorize" and note that for Peirce theorizing was closely
linked to his concept of abduction. In analyzing this central concept in Peirce's work, I suggest
that we may want to look at it especially from a practical point of view. More precisely, what
can we learn from Peirce in terms of concrete tips and suggestions for how we ourselves should
go about theorizing? I also supplement the material from the 1903 lecture with what can be
found in Peirce's later writings.