Paradigm Theory: 1 Explanations of Everything

‘It was the best of times and the worst of times…’ It is the start of the information society and the end of the industrial society. Everyone is talking about a paradigm shift. What on earth do they mean?

This is an overview of what they mean. It outlines a theory of paradigms based on Thomas Kuhn’s idea that there are paradigm shifts in science and Frederick Saussure’s application of paradigms to linguistics. It explains how all shared knowledge that has a purpose is paradigmatic and what that means.

Written for thinkers who question the theories of everything and post-grads of all academic paradigms who are not satisfied with the answers they get.

CONTENT

  • We are lost without paradigms
  • What are paradigms?
  • Idiodigms
  • Beginning in the middle
  • Paradigm shift
  • Metaparadigms
  • Epistemes
  • Syntagms
  • Intertextuality
  • When is a paradigm not a paradigm?
  • The paradigm of oratory
  • To believe or not to believe?
  • Paradigms lost
  • Theories of everything
  • Test
  • References
  • Glossary

Key words: paradigm shifts, metaparadigms, epistemes, syntagms, idiodigms, intertextuality, Theories of Everything (ToEs), paradigm prophets.
Key names: Thomas Kuhn, Ferdinand Saussure.

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