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Topics or questions can be of two basic types - definitional (analytic) and non-definitional (synthetic). A question is definitional, if an answer to the question is a definition (e.g. What is ''theory''? How should ''theory'' be defined?). A question is non-definitional, if an answer to the question is a synthetic proposition (e.g. What is the ''mechanism'' of scientific change? How do theories and methods ''change'' through time?).
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