Construction and Synthesis

  • Jerzy Topolski
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 88)

Abstract

The establishing of facts and causal explanation is to be distinguished from text construction, that is, formulation of answers to basic research questions; in the latter procedure explanations and statements about established facts are used as structural elements from which the building which is the answer to a given research question is constructed. The basic research question, as distinct from derivative ones, is that to which all other questions posed during a given research work are somehow subordinated. In a given case there may be more such basic questions than one; the principal among them is the question included in the formulation of the (working or final) title of the study. It is inessential, and rather rare, for such a title to be followed by a query; in most cases the title is just L’Age de Louis XIV (Voltaire), Der achtzehnte Bru- maire des Louis Bonaparte (Marx), or La Cité antique (Foustel de Cou-langes), etc., because each such title may be changed into an interrogative (factographic or explanatory) sentence.

Keywords

Europe Income Retina Peri Sine 

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