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The schema of a Subject

The arising of a question in mind/intellect necessarily generates a subject of study in unison; a thinking process starts with the inception of a question and like many other thinking minds, since quite some time I have been looking for a precise answer to this meticulous question that is:

What is "a subject" or "a branch of learning" or "a field of study"?

The process of thinking that I have gone through to work out its answer suggests a clue unfolding the schema of “a subject” that I think is universally and essentially present in a natural stepladder form true for each and every type of subject in this age and time, the whole of which can be compartmentalized in three fundamental domains:

  1. Conceptual Jurisdiction
  2. Intrinsic Discipline (within Conceptual Jurisdiction)
  3. Methodological External Connect

We can easily reduce the scheme to a common linguistic expression in order to grasp its true sense as intended, such as “a subject” essentially is bound to exist in three steps i.e., it has a conceptual domain, a legal domain and a professional domain. Since the idea is "box fresh" and somewhat unused therefore it might need a little further explaining conceived about each sphere:

1. Conceptual Jurisdiction shall identify:

  • A Natural or Assigned Province to the subject
  • What it constitutes of, within that province
  • Concepts about its Basic Structures, Principles and/or Functions

2. Intrinsic Discipline i.e., Legal Domain – is based on the creative output or discoveries achieved through the conceptual development of the subject:

  • The methodical knowledge of developed concepts
  • Rules of business (set of laws) derived from methodical knowledge

3. Methodological External Connect i.e., Professional Domain – shall include:

  • A methodical knowledge of the rules of business (set of laws)
  • The connection of the subject with other subjects in the real world

There are incalculable numbers of subjects, many are nested within other subjects deep up to several layers / levels, scores of subjects have overlapping jurisdictions, every subject has some connection to some other subjects but there is no subject standing alone in this universe of subjects. Just think of “a subject” or “a branch of learning” or “a field of study”, the above schema is true for all.

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You have done a great job by

You have done a great job by sharing the three fundamental domains. I think the most important one is methodological external connect. Thanks for such valuable information. The relevance of schemes of subject could be very handy in various businesses.

Excellent thoughts.

Excellent thoughts.

From academic point of view,

From academic point of view, I think it makes a sense but for every discipline I am not sure, the idea need to be tested.

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