What is core theory? How should it be defined?
A scientific discipline normally includes a great number of theories. However, it is often the case that some of these theories are more central to the discipline than others. As the concept of core theory intends to capture these central theories 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.
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||1 August 2021||This 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|
|Core Theory (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)||A core theory of a discipline is a theory presupposed by the discipline’s core questions.||2021|
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|Sciento-2021-0006||Scientonomy||1 August 2021||Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance.||Open|
There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of core theorys.
No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.
No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of a core theory.
No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of a core theory.
No associations of a core theory are currently accepted.
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