heuristic device

heuristic device

any general concept which is framed merely as an aid to analysis. WEBER sometimes presents his IDEAL TYPES as heuristic devices, as general concepts which are useful in the analysis of concrete historical cases but not an end in themselves.
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Their topics include categorization and explanation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony, all creatures great and small: the ancient Egyptian view of the animal world, classification between grammar and culture: a cross-linguistic perspective, categorizing natural objects: some issues arising from recent work in cognitive anthropology and ethnobiological classification, and tracing concepts: semantic network analysis as a heuristic device for classification.
So, is nervousness a heuristic device and, if so, how useful is it?
The output will serve as an heuristic device to explore the implications of the niche construction process, and to test specific hypothesis suggested by the archaeological data from prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Gujarat (India) and Tohoku (Japan).
But, as ideal types, they serve as a heuristic device by which a political analyst may discern patterns in the empirical world.
Whatever merit the "spectral" might have, it is difficult to see how this thin idea could plausibly provide "the basis of a full-blown analytical framework, a conceptual tool" As a matter of fact, what minimal use is made of "the spectral" in this collection comes nowhere near acting as either "an explanatory paradigm" or "as a launching pad" It mostly seems unnecessary and distracting as a heuristic device.
The use of ruins as a key heuristic device to approach bygone social projects has allowed Gordillo to relocate the analytical lens to focus on what happens to human communities when modernity "leaves" traditional communities, i.
It is, instead, a heuristic device or an analytical framework for understanding multiple spatialities, as noted by Paasi when he identifies it as 'a sort of ideal type that includes subideal types' (2008, page 408), the subideal realms being the slightly removed, or, as Jones and Jessop term them, "second-order" features (2010, page 1127).
If the author's account of imitatio is ultimately "just" a heuristic device, she does an admirable job of tracing its dynamics.
Section two uses the architectonic structure of Kantian philosophy as a heuristic device, explaining Deleuze's philosophical system in terms of aesthetics (theory of sensation), dialectics (theory of Idea), analytics (theory of the concept), ethics (theory of affectivity), and politics (socio-political theory) (xiii).
Thus, martyrdom is not simply some archaic remnant of the early church to be used as a heuristic device for understanding the challenges of faith.
Thorsteinsson's Paul used Stoicism rhetorically, as a heuristic device, while Huttunen's Paul expressed his personal views on the compatibility of Stoicism and Christianity.
If Birnbaum, who focused on the works of scholars in the humanities and social sciences, sought to demonstrate the existence of subterranean Jewish traditions in science or scholarship, Lipphardt ultimately analyzes the works of authors of Jewish descent as a heuristic device to map out the terrain of discussions on the biology of the Jews in anthropology and the natural sciences in German up to the Nazi period.