Foundations of Science

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 579–602 | Cite as

The Science of Conceptual Systems: A Progress Report



In this paper I provide a brief history of the emerging science of conceptual systems, explain some methodologies, their sources of data, and the understandings that they have generated. I also provide suggestions for extending the science-based research in a variety of directions. Essentially, I am opening a conversation that asks how this line of research might be extended to gain new insights—and eventually develop more useful and generally accepted methods for creating and evaluating theory. This effort will support our ability to generate theory that is more effective in practical application as well as accelerating the development of theory to support advances in other sciences.


Science of conceptual systems Theory Metatheory Policy Metapolicy Integrative propositional analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Foundation for the Advancement of Social TheoryPetalumaUSA
  2. 2.Meaningful Evidence, LLCFalls ChurchUSA
  3. 3.Adjunct FacultyCapella UniversityMinneapolisUSA

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