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comment Better English equivalent for “set of methods”
@StoneyB - I think you're overcomplicating things. No multiplication of -oligies ever occurs. M1 and M2 are objects of study of the field M3. M1 and M2 are not themselves fields of study, and do not relate to one another in that way (M2 is but a multiplicity of M1s). There is no M4 (and no one is competing necessarily :). When I say M3 can be its own object of study, this is merely a reflexive relationship (i.e. you are studying the methods used in methodology), and thus what you call M4, M5, etc, are nothing more than M3. Philosophy in general is in a similar position.
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comment Better English equivalent for “set of methods”
@FumbleFingers - Depends on what you mean by "non-science context". Methodology of science, for instance, is related to philosophy of science. Furthermore, it's not a question of there not being a name for it, b/c there is ("methodology"). It's that I find it very bothersome that the same term is used to describe both the "study of method(s)" and "a proper object of study of the field" while referring to two different things. To make matters worse, one object of methodology's study is itself. So you have two things named "methodology" which are studied by methodology.
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comment Better English equivalent for “set of methods”
@FumbleFingers - We're getting a little off topic here, but, assuming I understand you correctly, I'm not sure why you think the science of methodology can be lumped in with "fruitloopery".
Nov
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comment Better English equivalent for “set of methods”
@Stoney - Interesting proposal, although it may be difficult to incite a shift from "methodology" to "methodics", and I find the use of "methodology" to describe anything but the study of methods etymologically bad, albeit common practice.
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comment Better English equivalent for “set of methods”
@KristinaLopez - "Methodology" is the currently used term for both. But my question isn't about the current usage, but a desire for a better term.
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comment Better English equivalent for “set of methods”
@coleopterist - Technique and algorithm are subclasses of method, so those won't do. Remember, I'm not talking about a single method, but a body of methods.
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