PARADIGM


PARADIGM
   a very popular ESOTERIC and confusing term used at least 27 different ways by Thomas KUHN in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) to signify "what members of a scientific community share." It is commonly taken to mean "a coherent system of CONCEPTS which confers order on the whole field of knowledge or a segment of it belonging to a particular scientific discipline." Kuhn's usage legitimates RELATIVISM in many fields although he denies that his view is relativistic. In many respects Kuhn's use of paradigm is similar to DOOYEWEERD'S more carefully defined "GROUND-MOTIVE."

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  • paradigm — par‧a‧digm [ˈpærədaɪm] noun [countable] formal a good example of how a product, system etc can work or be produced: paradigm of/​for • J.J. s success in building Tylenol into a best seller has become a paradigm of consumer drug marketing.… …   Financial and business terms

  • paradigm — 1. is pronounced with the last syllable as in dime. In technical use it denotes a model or pattern of some kind; in linguistics, it means ‘a representative set of inflections of a noun or verb’, and so the paradigm of come is come (base form),… …   Modern English usage

  • paradigm a — index paradigm Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Paradigm — Par a*digm, n. [F. paradigme, L. paradigma, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to show by the side of, to set up as an example; para beside + ? to show. See {Para }, and {Diction}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An example; a model; a pattern. [R.] The paradigms and patterns… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paradigm — I noun archetype, example, exemplar, guide, ideal, model, norm, original, paradigma, pattern, prototype, sample, standard II index case (example), example, exemplar, instance …   Law dictionary

  • paradigm — (n.) late 15c., from L.L. paradigma pattern, example, especially in grammar, from Gk. paradeigma pattern, model, from paradeiknynai exhibit, represent, lit. show side by side, from para beside (see PARA (Cf. para )) + deiknynai to show (cognate… …   Etymology dictionary

  • paradigm — [n] example archetype, beau ideal*, chart, criterion, ensample, exemplar, ideal, mirror, model, original, pattern, prototype, sample, standard; concept 686 …   New thesaurus

  • paradigm — ► NOUN 1) a typical example, pattern, or model of something. 2) a conceptual model underlying the theories and practice of a scientific subject. 3) Grammar a table of all the inflected forms of a word, serving as a model for other words of the… …   English terms dictionary

  • paradigm — [par′ə dīm΄, par′ədim] n. [Fr paradigme < LL paradigma < Gr paradeigma < para ,PARA 1 + deigma, example < deiknynai, to show: for IE base see DICTION] 1. a) a pattern, example, or model b) an overall concept accepted by most people in …   English World dictionary

  • Paradigm — For other uses, see Paradigm (disambiguation). The word paradigm (  /ˈpær …   Wikipedia


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