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This is a category of topic (question, problem).

In this encyclopedia, topics or questions can be of three basic types:

  • Definitional (analytic): A question is definitional, if an answer to the question is a definition. Examples of definitional topics include What is theory?, How should theory be defined? etc.
  • Descriptive (explanatory): A question is descriptive, if an answer to the question is a descriptive theory. Examples of descriptive topics include What is the mechanism of scientific change?, How do criteria of demarcation change through time?, Can there be unchangeable methods of theory assessment?, etc.
  • Normative (prescriptive): A question is normative, if an answer to the question is a normative theory (i.e. an evaluation/prescription of a certain course of action). Examples of normative topics include How should we evaluate new theories?, How should a TSC be assessed?

Semantic Map

Here is a simplified class diagram for the sub-categories of topic.

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This category has the following 3 subcategories, out of 3 total.