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grand theory

A set of abstract ideas that together make a broad statement about human beings, the environment, health, or nursing. A grand theory is broad in scope. It is made up of concepts and propositions that are less abstract and general than the concepts and propositions of a conceptual model but are not as concrete and specific as the concepts and propositions of a middle-range theory. A grand theory sometimes is used in place of a conceptual model as a guide for research or practice.
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Following the Pauline principle that false religions can be identifying because they always attack marriage, (16) we see that the grand theory of de Chardin is just another manifestation of the elitist reproductive meddling seen in Gnosticism, Albigensianism, and Puritanism, (17) or whatever particular heresy you wish to cite.
The contour of this book may be unfamiliar to some sociologists; Unified Growth Theory is a grand theory and aggregate empirical data and models of rational economic actors are used to support the central propositions.
Grand theory may safely remain in The Academy; histories belong to everyone.
Avoiding the gravitational field of a grand theory has its advantages.
While these do not, he argues further, 'add up to the grand theory to which he aspired' they still have 'lasting value', a value still largely unappreciated today.
In contrast, with his orotund and baroque prose, Myers submitted a systematic grand theory of some of the most fascinating mental phenomena: creativity, dissociation, hypnosis, psi phenomena, and yes, even the possibility of survival.
And none of this implies any grand theory of the origin of values, much less a Kirillovian view that values must be self-willed.
At one extreme, grand theory seeks an all-encompassing explanation that can stretch across heterogeneous contexts; it offers a discipline-wide model that combines maximum extension and minimal depth of analysis.
What is significant to me, regardless of the feasibility of turning grand theory into stark reality, is the fact the York and Sheffield-based group has recognised the growing importance of United's supporters in any future running of the club.
The point, though, is not that both grand theory and popular constitutionalism are seriously flawed.
Newcastle's Centre for Life marked the occasion with a string of activities surrounding Darwin's grand Theory of Evolution which changed the way the human race thought about itself.
Fawcett further states that SUHB a conceptual model rather than a grand theory because the concepts and propositions are more abstract and general than grand theories or middle-range theories (J.