Introduction to Theories: Predictive Power, Form, Content

  • Michael Hyland


The purpose of this chapter is to introduce some of the concepts or characteristics which are used in the construction of theories. Almost all of these concepts will be considered in greater depth in later chapters, but it is useful to begin with a framework or common language in which to place them.


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Further Reading

  1. Popper, K. R., The Logic of Scientific Discovery. Hutchinson. Revised edition, 1968Google Scholar
  2. Jeffrey, R. C., Remarks on explanatory power. In R. C. Buck and R. S. Cohen (Eds.), Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 8. Reidel, 1971Google Scholar
  3. Brodbeck, M., Models, meaning and theories. In M. Brodbeck (Ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Science. Macmillan, 1968Google Scholar
  4. Campbell, N. R., Definition of a theory. In R. Grandy (Ed.), Theory and Observation in Science. Prentice-Hall, 1973Google Scholar
  5. Coombs, C. H., Dawes, R. M., and Tversky, A., Mathematical Psychology: An Elementary Introduction. Prentice-Hall, 1970Google Scholar
  6. Zeeman, E. C., Catastrophe Theory: Selected Papers. Addison Wesley, 1977Google Scholar
  7. Hanson, N. R., Patterns of discovery: An Inquiry into the Conceptual Foundations of Science. Cambridge University Press, 1958Google Scholar
  8. Maxwell, G., The ontological status of theoretical entities. In H. Feigl and G. Maxwell (Eds.), Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 3. University of Minnesota Press, 1962Google Scholar

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© Michael Hyland 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Hyland
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyPlymouth PolytechnicUK

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