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Theory in the Broader Context of Reality, Knowledge, Science, and Research
Theory in the broader context of reality, knowledge, science, and research

As indicated in the preceding chapter, in terms of the depiction of research process in Figure 1.1, a theory provides a presumed view of reality. It includes a set of conjectures about reality, and additional conjectures about the reality can be drawn from it. The conjectures in a theory or the additional conjectures drawn from the theory can be subjected to empirical verification. The outcome of this verification indicates whether the conjecture from the theory can be taken as a piece of knowledge about the reality and whether the theory is a reasonable representation of the actual reality. In this chapter, a theory is ...

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