Theories Shaping Core Questions

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How do theories within a discipline shape and change the core questions of the disciplines?

The core questions of a discipline are those general questions that are essential to the discipline, having the power to define it and establish its boundaries within the mosaic. It appears that in some cases the theories associated with a discipline can reshape its core questions. For example, the modern species concept predated evolutionary biology and was necessary for framing the question of the origin of species - a core question of evolutionary biology. However, the modern species concept has been entirely reshaped by evolutionary theory.1 Thus, the question of how theories within a discipline shape and change core questions of the discipline is an interesting topic for further research.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Paul Patton and Cyrus Al-Zayadi in 2021.

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  1. ^  Ereshefsky, Marc. (2017) Species. In Zalta (Ed.) (2017). Retrieved from