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Notebook, 1993-

COURSES OF DEVELOPMENT

Theory

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A Viewing, Contemplation, Hypothesis, Untested Idea or Opinion.

A Coherent group of general propositions used as principles of explanation for a class of phenomena. . . . Proposed Conjectural Explanation . . . . Body of Principles belonging to one subject . . . . Branch of Arts or Sciences dealing with its Principles or Methods as Distinguishd from its Practice . . . . Guess, Conjecture . . . .

Theory --properly --is a more or less verified or an established explanation accounting for known facts or phenomena



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One may get started from any perspective and find Developments will proceed through selected courses of interest. For personal appreciation --or through concentration of interest in one or two courses through which to demonstrate expertise --all forms of development require the investment of time and interest.

The focus here is on 'Theory.'


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Developments may in this way proceed through an appreciation of the arts and art works on a very general level . . . . or . . . . through engagement in materials, processes and methods . . . . through work with visual relationships . . . . . through consideration of aesthetic theory and practice . . . . through an interpretation of a specific discipline . . . . through reference to tradition . . . . . through a review of history or attention to cultural norms or through the development of specific topics, events, or issues . . . .


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Theory N. 1. a coherent group of general propositions used as principles of explanation for a class of phenomena: Newton's theory of gravitation. 2. a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact. 3. Math. a body of principles, theorems, or the like, belonging to one subject: number theory. 4. the branch of a science or art that deals with its principles or methods, as distinguished from its practice: music theory. 5. quess or conjecture. [< LL theória < GK theória a veiwing, contemplating = theór(ein) (to) view + -ia -x3] -Syn. 1. Theory, Hypothesis are both often used colloquially to mean an untested idea or opinion. A Theory properly is a more or less verified or established explanation accounting for known facts or phenomena: the theory of relativity. A Hypothesis is a conjecture put forth as a possible explanation of certain phenomena or relations, and serves as a basis of argument or experimentation by which to reach the truth: This idea is offered only as a hypothesis. 2. rationale, guess. [Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]




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