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metatheory

(met?a-the'a-re, -ther'e)
1. Knowledge about a discipline. For nursing theory, it is the most global (abstract) type of nursing theory. It focuses on broad issues that address the profession's most important concepts: the relationships among human beings, health, the environment, and nursing itself. See: metaparadigm
2. A theory about the knowledge of a discipline, such as the nature and structure of nursing knowledge.
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The Asiacentric metatheory means that one's own culture becomes central, not marginalized, "without completely ignoring other cultural viewpoints on our culture" (ibid, p.
A second aspect of this metatheory is that we can take snapshot views of the person or context within a given moment or period of ontogenesis that will help to track or measure moral development and character as long as we understand these to be moments in the course of microgenetic and ontogenetic development, rather than reified and frozen entities (virtues, traits) or structures.
This feature is one among its several qualities of methodological flexibility, afforded precisely by the relation between metatheory and orienting theory.
Austin Sarat, one of the central figures in the Law and Society movement, states that legal theory's decline should be understood as part of the larger death of metatheory.
But if you assume a material biconditional version of it in the metatheory, you can derive every instance of the following from the semantics: 'The number of the Fs is n is true at w iff there are exactly re zs such that 'z is an F' is true at w.
Particularly after the publication of a series of essays by Ross beginning in 1895, (31) scholars urged the study of every conceivable type of social relationship from within the framework of a liberal functionalist metatheory of social control.
30) refers to this process by considering that: "on the level of metatheory, the Frankfurt School work preceded the bifurcation of the field of media studies into specialized subareas with competing models and methods.
They allow a creative fusion of the human and biological sciences, while adding a new array of tools and metatheory to biology.
The cultural mosaic: A metatheory for understanding the complexity of culture.
So goes the open-and-shut logic of neo-Darwinian materialism, the metatheory held by top philosophers and scientists such as the biologist Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and The Selfish Gene, Tufts University philosopher Daniel Dennett, and Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker.
To avoid reductionism, we propose a triangular metatheory that should be able to account for the irreducible complexity of education.