Theory Building as Communication
Vonèche and Aeschlimann have accepted as their task the critical analysis and interpretation of a paragraph set forth by the co-editors of this volume. In this paragraph questions were raised regarding how progress in developmental theory-building should proceed, by selection of the best theory over others or by integration of various theories and, if by integration, whether by means of eclecticism or through a synthesis of opposites. My assignment is the critical analysis and interpretation of the 100 or so paragraphs put forward by Vonèche and Aeschlimann, in which they have rightly raised difficult and even troubling questions about the meanings of the terms employed in the initial paragraph. For example, what does progress mean? I expect that my own comments will be subjected to further critical analysis and interpretation by Vonèche, Aeschlimann, and others, and that their third-order analysis will in turn undergo additional interpretation by the co-editors, the readers of this volume, and so forth.
KeywordsProspective Theory Individual Development Theory Building Positivistic Science Conjunctive Sequence
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