Core Question

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What is core question? How should it be defined?

A scientific discipline normally deals with a great number of questions. However, not all of the question of a discipline are made equal, with some being more central than others. As the concept of core question intends to capture these central questions of a discipline, it is helpful to have a proper definition of the term.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Paul Patton and Cyrus Al-Zayadi in 2021. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the term has no accepted definition in Scientonomy.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of this term (it includes all the instances when the term was accepted as a part of a community's taxonomy):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 August 2021This is when Patton and Al-Zayadi's Disciplines in the Scientonomic Ontology that offered a definition of the term was published. This is a good indication that the question of how the term is to be defined is considered legitimate by the community.Yes

All Theories

The following definitions of the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Core Question (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)A core question of a discipline is a question identified in the discipline’s delineating theory as definitive of the discipline.2021
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Accepted Theories

According to our records, no definition of the term has ever been accepted.

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this term:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2021-0006Scientonomy1 August 2021Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance.Open

Current Definition



Ontology

Existence

There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of core questions.

Disjointness

No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.

Subtypes

No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of a core question.

Supertypes

No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of a core question.

Associations

No associations of a core question are currently accepted.


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Dynamics

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