[r-t] A tentative question about principles

Philip Earis Earisp at rsc.org
Sun Jul 3 21:07:47 UTC 2011

"I was party to a discussion at the 12-bell final with much more theoretically inclined ringers than I ever was or will be, about whether "principle" is a meaningful category.  The discussion ended in the usual purchase of further pints.  Can anyone provide an idiot's guide to current nomenclature, and whether it is of any practical use?"

A "principle" is the name given to a method that has no hunt bell(s). 

A principle is therefore a sub-category of method. All principles are methods, but not all methods are principles.

The question about meaningful is in the eye of the beholder.  In this beholder's eye, it is more meaningful than most descriptors.

Original (plain hunt), Stedman and Erin are the most commonly-rung principles.

Is there more detailed information you're after?


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