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  • adjective philosophy Whose meaning depends upon a set of theoretical principles


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  • Reading theory-laden articles is like listening to two obsessive Star Trek fans discussing the most arcane details of the show.

    Mechademia 4: War/Time » Manga Worth Reading 2010

  • They are the kind of theory-laden writing that Mechademia needs to establish and maintain a solid reputation in academia.

    Mechademia 4: War/Time » Manga Worth Reading 2010

  • Nine out of ten doctors using the criteria agreed on diagnoses, a spectacular improvement over the old days of theory-laden nosology.


  • As a (post-(?)) post-Modern, I am sure you would agree that all or most 'facts' are theory-laden.

    Science, theology: no competition for truth? 2009

  • Such conclusions are not directly compared with the facts, Popper stresses, simply because there are no ˜pure™ facts available; all observation-statements are theory-laden, and are as much a function of purely subjective factors (interests, expectations, wishes, etc.) as they are a function of what is objectively real.

    Karl Popper Thornton, Stephen 2009

  • The constructive empiricist follows the logical positivists in rejecting metaphysical commitments in science, but she parts with them regarding their endorsement of the verificationist criterion of meaning, as well as their endorsement of the suggestion that theory-laden discourse can and should be removed from science.

    Beyond the Voice arlene ang 2009

  • Popper emphasises both the importance of questioning the background knowledge when the need arises, and the significance of the fact that observation-statements are theory-laden, and hence fallible.

    Karl Popper Thornton, Stephen 2009

  • As described in Section 1.6, the constructive empiricist argues that one can make sense of the observable/unobservable distinction, even if observation is theory-laden.

    Beyond the Voice arlene ang 2009

  • For a couple of generations thereafter, abstract painting was either cathartically expressionist or theory-laden minimalist.

    Last-Minute Reprieve 2008

  • As most of you here realize, by "empirical evidence" you mean "theory-laden interpretation (s) of some evidence."

    Confirmation Bias and ID 2006


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