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This is a category of topic (question, problem).  
 
This is a category of topic (question, problem).  
  
Topics or questions can be of two basic types - definitional (analytic) and non-definitional (synthetic). A question is definitional, if an answer to the question is a definition (e.g. What is ''theory''? How should ''theory'' be defined?). A question is non-definitional, if an answer to the question is a synthetic proposition (e.g. What is the ''mechanism'' of scientific change? How do theories and methods ''change'' through time?).
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In this encyclopedia, topics or questions can be of three basic types:
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* [[:Category:Definitional Topic|Definitional (analytic)]]: A question is ''definitional'', if an answer to the question is a [[:Category:Definition|definition]]. Examples of definitional topics include ''What is theory?'', ''How should theory be defined?'' etc.
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* [[:Category:Descriptive Topic|Descriptive (explanatory)]]: A question is ''descriptive'', if an answer to the question is a [[:Category:Descriptive Theory|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.
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* [[:Category:Normative Topic|Normative (prescriptive)]]: A question is ''normative'', if an answer to the question is a [[:Category:Normative Theory|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?''
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==Semantic Map==
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Here is a simplified class diagram for the sub-categories of ''topic''.
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Image:Wiki Semantic Map Topic and Its Subtypes.png|664px|center
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circle 336 459 150 [[:Category:Definitional Topic|Definitional Topic]]
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circle 650 459 150 [[:Category:Descriptive Topic|Descriptive Topic]]
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circle 966 459 150 [[:Category:Normative Topic|Normative Topic]]
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To add a new question/topic, do so under one of the sub-categories below.
 
To add a new question/topic, do so under one of the sub-categories below.

Latest revision as of 04:55, 5 September 2016

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.

Definitional TopicDescriptive TopicNormative TopicWiki Semantic Map Topic and Its Subtypes.png

To add a new question/topic, do so under one of the sub-categories below.

Subcategories

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