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Method as Procedure

(Original title: Metóda ako procedúra)
Filozofia, 2016, vol. 71, No 8, pp. 629-643.
Language: Slovak
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Abstract

The author’s suggestion in the article is to apply the semantic concept of procedure also to the explication of the concept of method in general: A method is a procedure consisting of sub-procedures. Applying methods can lead not only to achieving knowledge, but also to creating pieces of work such as plans, projects programs etc. Thus we get on to the theme of praxeology as a rational theory of action. The stimuli of action are directives which instead of status quo or its transformation have a direct objective, namely action. Underlined is the role of method as a procedure in integrating the elementary implementing steps of the latter, i.e. sub-procedures or instructions. Thus the author casts doubt upon conceiving of method as merely a sequence of steps. In conclusion he offers the definitions of analytical and empirical methods.

Keywords

Analytical, Directive, Empirical, Implementation, Method, Praxeology, Procedure

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