Ukasfp Sf Paradigm Workshop

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Ukasfp Sf Paradigm Workshop

  1. 1. Is there an SF paradigm? …and does it matter? Dr Mark McKergow, sfwork UKASFP conference 2009
  2. 2. Workshop outline <ul><li>Paradigms </li></ul><ul><li>An SF paradigm – pros and cons </li></ul><ul><li>Suppose there IS an SF paradigm – what would be in it? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ 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
  4. 4. Is there an SF paradigm? <ul><li>Against… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>theory of no theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>this is an empirical/practial/pragmatic approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>distrust of $5000 words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>implies something fixed when we are more focused on change/movement/progress/difference, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>there are always exceptions so hard to define fully </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Is there an SF paradigm? <ul><li>For… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ theory of no theory’ IS (of course) a theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>if there is no framework, hard to see how this school can sustain and develop, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>there IS a sense of 'I know it when I see it‘ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>might help to show what exactly this field is about to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>don't have to talk about the paradigm to use it </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Suppose there IS an SF paradigm… <ul><li>What might be part of it? </li></ul><ul><li>What else?... </li></ul>
  7. 7. Does it matter? <ul><li>To whom? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thank you and goodbye!

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