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Root Projection to Principal Typologies

Varieties of Typology

The focus is on Principal Typologies (PH'•). These are found nested within the 6th Level of each Primary Hierarchy, which means there are 7 Principal Typologies in the taxonomy.

There are at least three other varieties of Typology in the Taxonomy.


The Root Typology is nested within Purpose-RHL6 and contains the Primal Quests (RH') i.e. purposive systems that potentially govern and shape endeavours in general throughout life.

The Subsidiary Typology is formed by applying a 4-Level Modal Hierarchy to a Principal Typology to enable a Q-expansion. (Hence the alternative label of Q-Typology.) The result is to form a set of 7 Subsidiary Typologies each containing 7 Types, with a total of 49 such 7-Type Typologies covering all.

The Tertiary Typology is nested within, or possibly emanated by, the 6th Level of a Principal Typology or the Root Typology.

For more detail with examples: see The Hub.

Taxonomic Development

The present inquiry has encouraged a review of all 7 Principal Typologies as developed to date to ensure taxonomic precision and formal consistency in naming. The actual process of inquiry forced certain changes by bringing incoherence or inconsistency to light.

ClosedName Updating

Some changes are needed, because research done many years ago did not appreciate a wider taxonomy. Precision requires the formal natural language name to be oriented to PH•L6 (where it is nested) and not simply be a repeat of the Root Level name.

All Primary Hierarchies and Principal Typologies have been reviewed in this way.

The findings and explanations of taxonomic entities belong in the full systematic analyses as posted within Satellites, not in these architectural inquiries. The present inquiry is being conducted now because there is sufficient confident knowledge of taxonomic formulations to do so. A summary of current progress is provided here. While changes in parts will certainly emerge, the overall pattern and broad thrust of the findings seems unlikely to alter.

Current Names

Decision methods-PH'1
Testing methods-PH'2
Modeling methods-PH'3
Mental stabilization methods-PH'4
Language use methods-PH'5
Ethical choice methods-PH'6
Ability enhancement methods-PH'7

Typology Hierarchy & Completeness

Following identification of Types, potentially from a THEE Typology, basic scientific questions immediately arise:

It is common for observers to identify a few Types belonging to a THEE Typology, but they rarely invite hierarchic ordering. The reverse is more likely. Identifying all 7 Types is distinctly unusual.

It is easy to miss or reject hierarchy and suggest that Types just form an empirical list. Often hierarchy is avoided in deference to egalitarian sensitivities: precisely as predicted within this THEE analysis of Typologies.

Nevertheless, taxonomic studies now strongly affirm hierarchical ordering and completeness based on three strands of evidence.

a. ClosedPrimacy

Types appear to emerge from assigning «primacy» to just one of the Levels in the Primary Hierarchy, despite valuing all Levels. The exact nature of this «primacy» is somewhat vague and requires deeper investigation. However, it provides a natural ordering principle i.e. Type-L'1 gives primacy to PH•L1,Type- L'2 to PH•L2 and so on up to Type-L'7 giving primacy to PHL7.

Applying this heuristically is limited by the need for full correct knowledge of the Primary Hierarchy.

b. ClosedDialectical Unfolding

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A dialectic-based unfolding duality was first identified in PH'4-Identity Development methods. The unfolding process is cyclic in that synthesis of the thesis-antithesis duality in Type-L'7 generates the thesis of Type-L'1. Here we have structural evidence for:

• natural hierarchy
• hierarchic ordering, &
• completeness.

Another similar unfolding duality was subsequently identified in PH'6-Ethical Choice methods. This confirms the earlier PH'4 finding. THEE architectural principles predict that all Principal Typologies will possess an unfolding duality that is cyclic.

c. ClosedSpiral Ordering

THEE Typologies generate Spirals that define a trajectory of growth through cumulating Modes through time, subject to effort being made to move from Stage to Stage. Spiral Stages/Modes do not have the same order as the Types in a Typology, but the transformation in order is standardized. Spirals appear to be complete. They have been found to form Trees which is also suggestive that they are complete with 7 Levels.

The relation of Typologies to Spirals, their Modes and Trees, will be investigated here in some detail.

Initially posted: 30-Nov-2013

All material here is in a draft form. There will be errors and omissions. Nothing should be copied or distributed without express permission. Thank you.Copyright © Warren Kinston 2009-2018. All Rights Reserved.

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