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    • Is there an SF paradigm? …and does it matter? Dr Mark McKergow, sfwork UKASFP conference 2009
    • Workshop outline
      • Paradigms
      • An SF paradigm – pros and cons
      • Suppose there IS an SF paradigm – what would be in it?
      • Does it matter?
      • Conclusions
    • “ Paradigm” relationship of ideas to one another: in the philosophy of science, a generally accepted model of how ideas relate to one another, forming a conceptual framework within which scientific research is carried out Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    • Is there an SF paradigm?
      • Against…
        • theory of no theory
        • this is an empirical/practial/pragmatic approach
        • distrust of $5000 words
        • implies something fixed when we are more focused on change/movement/progress/difference,
        • there are always exceptions so hard to define fully
    • Is there an SF paradigm?
      • For…
        • ‘ theory of no theory’ IS (of course) a theory
        • if there is no framework, hard to see how this school can sustain and develop,
        • there IS a sense of 'I know it when I see it‘
        • might help to show what exactly this field is about to others
        • don't have to talk about the paradigm to use it
    • Suppose there IS an SF paradigm…
      • What might be part of it?
      • What else?...
    • Does it matter?
      • To whom?
      • Benefits?
    • Thank you and goodbye!