What is theory - system. "Models"...

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What is theory?–definitions for model/approach, theory, metaphor, paradigm and paradigm shift; persistent dichotomies Model/approach- 3 levels-paradigm, theory, metaphor, Theory. Identifies a distinct class of phenomena Metaphor –smallest unit. Known to unknown. Paradigm-shared knowledge of scientific community.Paradigm shift “science changes because of anomalies and anomalies must be explained into accepted knowledge.” "theory" is an abstract, linguistic metaphor, a generalization of "empirical findings" to a pattern or
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Unformatted text preview: system. "Models" and "theories" are both formalized expressions that seek to grasp sociocultural dynamics in simplified terms. A "model" (a term which has gained currency in anthropology since the Second World War) is generally more strictly formalized than a theory; it is more similar to mathematical or logical expressions (though, in anthropology, it is very rare to find a model which can actually be translated into numerical terms Enlightenment themes and thinkers...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2010 for the course ANTH 4310 taught by Professor Alley during the Fall '09 term at Auburn University.

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