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theorize about someone or something

to hypothesize about someone or something; to conjecture about someone or something. Let's not waste time theorizing about Ted. He won't change. I can only theorize about what happened.
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theorize on something

to make a theory about something. There is no point in theorizing on something when you have all the empirical evidence you need to draw a conclusion. He spent the afternoon theorizing on the origin of the universe.
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James's essay in the first section, which projects othermothering as a model for black feminist communal activism, anticipates the organizing theme of the book's second part, titled "On Theory and Action," which elaborates the pragmatic dimensions of black feminist theorizing.
In this short review I cannot point out in any detail the superior quality of Duprat's French translation, but from the very first chapter of the work, in which Heinsius explains the utility of his theorizing, one can tell from Duprat's more accurate rendering o f Heinsius' elegant but concise Latin that Sellin's and McMannon's translation not infrequently missed or modified the text's original meaning.
This study deservedly lays claim to excellence for its impressive scholarship and its practical suggestions aimed at a revision of our usual uncomplicated theorizing about cultural and identity construction.
This analysis would constitute one model of theorizing sculpture's epistemic contradictions at the end of the century.
Some investigators now suggest that an innate brain mechanism allows even very young children to begin theorizing about mental states.
He argues that while Du Bois may have begun his analysis of history, politics, and culture by theorizing race and racism, his anti-racism must be understood in connection to his anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and anti-sexist social theorizing.
Hunter's "Elizabethans and foreigners" (1964) -- both reprinted in this collection -- even as it presses forward by theorizing "the epistemology of race" for the early modern period (1).
This scholarly project ranges from the important archeological and archival work necessary for establishing the existence of these women and their works to analysis, interpretation, and theorizing that help to open up the discussion and debate necessary to insure that they are never lost to us again.
In her more recent works Bauer often juxtaposes details of a single body part to form a tripartite sequence, yet she seems to resist theorizing about the body or engaging in a feminist critique.
Recently, though, some workers have suggested a much seedier beginning, theorizing that the ancestral angiosperms were small, weed-like herbs that grew in less desirable environments not preferred by the more established forms of vegetation.
The text is designed to familiarize students with the classics of sociological theory and to demonstrate the connections of classic and contemporary theorizing in the field, and, in the process, teach students how to theorize.
Indeed, many of the most influential commentators on jazz of the last forty years or so (one notable exception is LeRoi Jones) have sought to discuss a canon of jazz artists and works without necessarily theorizing how such issues as political economy, technology, notions of representation, social and historical contingencies, ideology, and the mass media have shaped the creation, dissemination, and reception of jazz music.
Now we're theorizing practices that allow us in fact to give much larger play to, and which support and augment and provide a prosthesis for, the emotional dimension of thinking.
A powerful collection of essays edited by Viviana Comensoli and Paul Stevens, on the other hand, points to the limitations of historicism in a robust call for new theorizing of English Renaissance literary studies.
To paraphrase Einstein: "The world we have created is a product of our theorizings.