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theory-laden

(potentially, of any empirical assertion) relative to (i.e. presupposing) theoretical (e.g. ontological, epistemological, paradigmatic, etc.) assumptions. See also SCIENTIFIC PARADIGM, INCOMMENSURABILITY.
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Roberts' characteristic diction and tone are plain-speaking rather than theory-laden.
theory', 'claim', and 'existence', among others, in scare quotes, which naturally does not suffice to lighten the load of the theory-laden work and seems only to serve as a very un-Wittgensteinian refusal to take responsibility for his discourse.
Although its theory-laden language will limit use for more general teaching purposes, this is a sophisticated and well researched study that has much to offer anyone concerned to understand indigenous modes of thinking (and being) in the world today.
In a dense, theory-laden introductory chapter, Patrick Ramponi examines globalization as imaged by the exoticism of colonial commodities in Gustav Freytag's Soll and Haben, Wilhelm Raabe's shifting positions between cosmopolitanism and Bismarckian patriotism, and the sensitivity to world events of the local lake in Theodor Fontane' Der Stechlin.
In fairness, those of us who object to theory-laden prose must consider the possibility that the fault lies not in the syntax but in ourselves.
Similar praise was not forthcoming after the release of an earlier film critical of Moore's filmmaking, FahrenHYPE 9/11, which debunked Moore's conspiracy theory-laden Fahrenheit 9/11, and was mainly billed as a knee-jerk reaction from the angry right.
Finally, the heavily theory-laden text lends to an occasionally opaque writing style, which for those without a background in the social sciences, could preclude an immediate comprehension of Jiwani's arguments.
Even assuming that "observation" is theory-laden, this can hardly result in any conclusion about "meaning".
The fact that facts are theory-laden impedes any objectivity.
At the same time, one should note that several of these theory-laden essays have a cultural context elsewhere, and the controversies and debates that they engender really relate to these other concerns.
I would like to examine the document, however, not so much from a historical frame of reference, but from the perspective of theological epistemology, especially regarding issues such as theory-laden interpretation, the incommensurability of theological systems, the possibility of "masking" in theology, and the relationship between referential stability and socially reinforced paradigms.
Therefore, observation statements cannot be regarded as neutral and infallible reports of sensory experience but are, to some degree, theory-laden.