Delineating Theory

From Encyclopedia of Scientonomy
Jump to navigation Jump to search

What is delineating theory? How should it be defined?

The notion of delineating theory, or discipline's delineating theory is meant to denote the second-order theory that characterizes a discipline. Thus, it plays an important role in uncovering how exactly scientific disciplines differ from one another.

In the scientonomic context, this term was first used by Paul Patton and Cyrus Al-Zayadi in 2021. The term is currently accepted by Scientonomy community.

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
Delineating Theory (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)A second-order theory identifying the set of core questions of a discipline.2021
If a definition of this term is missing, please click here to add it.

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:
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

Current Definition

There is currently no accepted answer to this question.



There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of delineating theorys.


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


No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of a delineating theory.


No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of a delineating theory.


No associations of a delineating theory are currently accepted.

If a question concerning the ontology of a delineating theory is missing, please add it here.


If a question concerning the dynamics of a delineating theory is missing, please add it here.

Related Topics

This term is also related to the following topic(s):