abstract theory


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abstract theory

[abz′trakt ′thē·ə·rē]
(science and technology)
A theory in which a system is described without specifying a structure.
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These novels capture a constitutive liberal tension between abstract theory and lived experience that appears not only in their direct representations of political commitment but also in their narrative form.
As per Section 3 (c) of the Act, the mere discovery of a scientific principle or the formulation of an abstract theory or discovery of any living thing or non?
In DeLong and Cohen's telling, American economic policy ran off the rails in the 1970s and '80s, when US leaders stopped picking winners and started making policy based on abstract theory - in this case, free-market fundamentalism.
Striking a middle-ground between abstract theory and a software manual, he considers such topics as mathematics and probability theory, introduction to random effects and mixed models, multiple linear regression, logistic regression and the generalized linear model, and path analysis and structural equation modeling.
Describing his own diatribe "a trifle colourful for an official paper," Magan said Grivas had been an "extraordinary man" who rated practicality over abstract theory.
He doesn't go into abstract theory of character or dramaturgical structures.
When abstract theory is applied to a tangible work, one is able to have a better understanding of what is being said; indeed, Coates excels at applying his theory to the various films he chooses for his text.
Beauty Unlimited, edited by Peg Zeglin Brand, offers twenty essays, each of which implicitly criticizes the abstract theory of Beauty offered by Diotima, from a diverse range of philosophical, critical, and artistic perspectives.
The ensuing assumption that justice needs to be about abstract theory before it is a matter of action can then justify any number of real political choices.
of Connecticut) begins each part of the discussion with a concrete example that connects to students' lives in order to illustrate abstract theory in more grounded terms (for instance, the discussion of resource substitution begins with an exploration of how the mix of labor and capital differs between different types of car wash operations).
When it all ended Abz enjoyed a brief solo career which saw him bring out a critically acclaimed album called Abstract Theory and chart hits followed, but a party lifestyle and bad business advice saw his fortunes plummet.
This way, abstract theory is timeless and not constrained by the immediate and transient considerations of practical realities.