It's a bit abstract even for a top-down planning approach. Any plan is a
list of actions and a set of hierarchical goals, constrained by timing and
resources. Formulated/created by planning and forecasting, a plan/program is an
ordered set: <actions, timing, resources, goals>.
Practiced planning classifications, from the general schema of things to
projects, strategies, roadmaps and guidelines, master plans and blueprints to
social plans, political plans, economic plans, business plans, or military
plans, favour such a pragmatic meaning.
Try your approach for a strategy, a plan of action, political, economic,
business, or military, like, say, U.S. plan to invade Iraq. Or, for budget,
pension plan or employee savings plan. Or, for a master plan of sustainable
PS: It appears planning/forecasting is a key characteristic of
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The word 'law' is a generic term for a wide
range of propositions that could also be called axioms, constraints, or
> MW: I don't see how a plan is a set of laws. A plan is a set of
> (i.e. spatio-temporal extents, not laws).
The execution of a plan creates a sequence of actions. But
the plan itself is the specification of a goal to be achieved and a proposed
method for achieving that goal.
Most plans, as even the mouse knows, "gang oft agley." Very often,
they are not realized as a sequence of actions, or that sequence doesn't
terminate in the desired goal.
The desired goal can be called a possible world. But more
accurately, it is a desired region of the actual world at some time
in the future. The specifications of the plan could be called axioms,
constraints, or laws.
The laws can be very tentative. But the critical point that
distinguishes laws from the facts is that the laws are constraints on the way
a sequence of actions may, can, or must result in some observable facts.
If that sequence is what somebody had intended in order to achieve some
goal, then it can be called the execution of a plan.
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