Call for papers: From Theory to Methodology
Special issue of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics
Editors: Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou and Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos
A scientific field incorporates four levels of operations, hierarchically related and leading from the more abstract to the more concrete. The first level is that of epistemology, the integration, explicit and conscious or implicit and empirical, of a theory into one of the larger paradigms marking a historical period. On the second level, the theory thus founded on the paradigm defines the key concepts and axes of investigation. From theory follows methodology, the third level, specifying the procedures that allow the researcher to perform concrete operations on the basis of the framework installed by theory. Finally, from methodology follow the techniques that give their final form to the above operations and allow us to arrive at the formulation of concrete results. The value of a theory is demonstrated only by the results obtained by concrete analysis following this process. Debates, of course, are possible on the level of theory and their outcome may be more or less convincing, but this is only intellectually reassuring. The final determination of the value of a theory are its empirical results and their alignment with the available data.
Download the full “Call for Papers” here: CFP. Punctum 3 (2). From Theory to Methodology