Core Theory

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What is core theory? How should it be defined?

A scientific discipline normally includes a great number of theories. However, it is often the case that some of these theories are more central to the discipline than others. As the concept of core theory intends to capture these central theories of a discipline, it is helpful to have a proper definition of the term.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Paul Patton and Cyrus Al-Zayadi in 2021. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the question has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.


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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

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TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Core Theory (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)A core theory of a discipline is a theory presupposed by the discipline’s core questions.2021
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Accepted Theories

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Suggested Modifications

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ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2021-0006Scientonomy1 August 2021Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance.Open

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Related Topics

This topic is a sub-topic of Theory.