Research on the Relational Models: An Overview
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Philosophers of science disagree about what constitutes a good theory, but most researchers seem to share a rough understanding. A good theory should do several things well. The explanatory concepts that it employsstructures, processes, mechanisms, and the like-should map onto real, demonstrable states of affairs. These concepts ought to make powerful sense of a wide range of phenomena within the theory’s field of relevance. Ideally they should do so economically, elegantly, and better than alternative theories. The theory should offer original understandings of existing findings, and yield bold and testable predictions about new ones. It should apply universally, not only in particular times or places. It should generate active research programs and inspire new and ramifying lines of theoretical inquiry. As philosophy of science goes this list of desiderata is a mishmash, but it surely captures much of what theories aspire to do.