Discipline (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)

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This is a definition of Discipline that states "A discipline is characterized by (1) a non-empty set of core questions Q and (2) the delineating theory stating that Q are the core questions of the discipline."

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This definition of Discipline was formulated by Paul Patton and Cyrus Al-Zayadi in 2021.1

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Sciento-2021-0006 Scientonomy 1 August 2021 Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance. Open

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Discipline (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is discipline? How should it be defined?

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A discipline A is characterized by a non-empty set of core questions QCA and a delineating theory stating that QCA are the core questions of the discipline.1

The scientific mosaic consists of theories and questions.2345 As a whole, a discipline A consists of a set of accepted questions QA, and the theories which provide answers to those questions, or which those questions presuppose. 1 Questions form hierarchies, with more specific questions being subquestions of more general questions. Theories find a place in these hierarchies, since each theory is an attempt to answer a certain question, and each question presupposes certain theories. Because of such hierarchical relations, it is possible to characterize a discipline by identifying a set of core questions, QCA. These core questions are judged by some agent to be related to one another, essential to a discipline, and definitive of its boundaries. The other questions of a discipline are subquestions of its core questions.

A set, as such, can't be part of a scientific mosaic consisting of theories and questions. We, therefore, take a discipline to be defined by a delineating theory that identifies the set of core questions QCA characterizing that discipline.


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  1. ^  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.