[OPE-L:6621] what is the more important question?

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Thu Feb 21 2002 - 21:55:20 EST

A simple question for all:

Suppose that there are two theories that purport to explain 
Subject 'C'. 

Theory A developed by 'Y' predates Theory B developed by

Z's Theory B was 'inspired' by Y's Theory A.

There are (at least) 2 questions that have been raised:

1) what exactly was Y's Theory A?
    This has been discussed by advocates of both A
    and B.

2) is Theory B  'better than'  Theory A or vice versa? 
    Those who argue that Theory B is _different from_
    Theory A (a point that many advocates of Theory
    B openly acknowledge) have occasionally stated
    that Theory B "MAY BE BETTER" than Theory
    A but that is not their main concern which is 1)

Is it more important to understand C (the subject
matter) or Y's Theory A (which 'inspired'  Z's Theory

*Which is the more important question: 1) or 2)?*

Unless one thinks that a history of thought
question  is  more important than comprehending the 
subject matter itself (C),  isn't  2) necessarily the 
primary and most important question?

In solidarity, Jerry

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