Delineating Theory

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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.

In Scientonomy, the accepted definition of the term is:

  • A second-order theory identifying the set of core questions of a discipline.

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
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Accepted Theories

The following definitions of the term have been accepted:
CommunityTheoryAccepted FromAccepted Until
ScientonomyDelineating Theory (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)21 February 2024

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this term:
Modification Community Date Suggested Summary Date Assessed Verdict Verdict Rationale
Sciento-2021-0006 Scientonomy 1 August 2021 Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance. 21 February 2024 Accepted Prior to the 2024 workshop, Hakob Barseghyan commented on the encyclopedia indicating his support for accepting this modification and noted its potential to underpin further work on discipline dynamics. In fact, a significant amount of observational scientonomy work has been carried out in the past few years (including the paper on the rejection of alchemy by Friesen and Patton (2023),1 as well as some more recent papers) that presupposes the acceptance of these definitions, despite the fact that the modification containing them formally remains open. There was very little discussion about the modification, beyond raising points for the community to look forward to in the future, like a brief discussion between Jamie Shaw and Paul Patton about the need for more research on the difference between disciplines and disciplinary communities. The modification was accepted unanimously with 18 votes.

Current Definition

In Scientonomy, the accepted definition of the term is Delineating Theory (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021).

Delineating Theory (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021) states: "A second-order theory identifying the set of core questions of a discipline."

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One can specify a discipline in terms of a set of its core questions. A delineating theory is a second-order theory identifying this set of core questions, and allowing it to exist as an epistemic element within the mosaic.2 For example, the delineating theory of modern physics might identify 'How do matter and energy behave?' as a core question of modern physics.

Ontology

Existence

In Scientonomy, it is currently accepted that "There is such a thing as a delineating theory."

Subtypes

In Scientonomy, there are currently no accepted subtypes of Delineating Theory.

Supertypes

In Scientonomy, there are currently no accepted supertypes of Delineating Theory.

Associations

In Scientonomy, the following association of Delineating Theory is currently accepted:

Disjointness

In Scientonomy, no classes are currently accepted as disjoint with Delineating Theory.

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Dynamics

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Related Topics

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References

  1. ^  Friesen, Izzy and Patton, Paul. (2023) Discipline Dynamics of Chymistry and Rejection of Alchemy. Scientonomy 5, 93-110. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/42268.
  2. ^  Patton, Paul and Al-Zayadi, Cyrus. (2021) Disciplines in the Scientonomic Ontology. Scientonomy 4, 59-85. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/37123.