Barseghyan and Levesley (2021)

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Barseghyan, Hakob and Levesley, Nichole. (2021) Question Dynamics. Scientonomy 4, 1-19. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/37120.

Title Question Dynamics
Resource Type journal article
Author(s) Hakob Barseghyan, Nichole Levesley
Year 2021
URL https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/37120
DOI https://doi.org/10.33137/js.v4i0.37120
Journal Scientonomy
Volume 4
Pages 1-19

Abstract

The paper presents a new scientonomic account of question dynamics. To explain the process of question acceptance and rejection, we begin by introducing the notion of epistemic presupposition and show how it’s different from the notion of logical presupposition. With the notion of epistemic presupposition at hand, we formulate the law of question acceptance, a new scientonomic axiom, which states that a question becomes accepted only if all of its epistemic presuppositions are accepted, and it is accepted that the question is answerable. We then show how the process of question rejection can be explained by means of the question rejection theorem, which states that a question becomes rejected when other elements that are incompatible with the question become accepted. To deduce this theorem in the usual scientonomic fashion (from the first law and the compatibility corollary), we first ascertain that the notion of compatibility/incompatibility is applicable to questions and show that one can legitimately speak of both question-theory and question-question incompatibility. We conclude by providing a quick illustration of the historical applicability of this new framework and suggest a number of questions for future research.

Theories

Here are all the theories formulated in Barseghyan and Levesley (2021):

TheoryTypeFormulationFormulated In
Epistemic Presupposition (Barseghyan-Levesley-2021)DefinitionA theory is said to be an epistemic presupposition of a question for some agent, iff the agent accepts that accepting any direct answer to the question will necessitate accepting the theory.2021
Logical Presupposition (Barseghyan-Levesley-2021)DefinitionA theory is said to be a logical presupposition of a question, iff the theory is logically entailed by any direct answer to the question.2021
The Law of Question Acceptance (Barseghyan-Levesley-2021)DescriptiveA question becomes accepted only if all of its epistemic presuppositions are accepted and it is accepted that the question is answerable.2021
Question Rejection theorem (Barseghyan-Levesley-2021)DescriptiveA question becomes rejected when other elements that are incompatible with the question become accepted.2021

Suggested Modifications

Here are all the modifications suggested in Barseghyan and Levesley (2021):

  • Sciento-2021-0001: Accept the definitions of logical presupposition and epistemic presupposition. The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Hakob Barseghyan and Nichole Levesley on 1 August 2021.1 The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.
  • Sciento-2021-0002: Accept the law of question acceptance as a new scientonomic axiom, the question rejection theorem, and a number of questions for future research. The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Hakob Barseghyan and Nichole Levesley on 1 August 2021.1 The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.


References

  1. a b  Barseghyan, Hakob and Levesley, Nichole. (2021) Question Dynamics. Scientonomy 4, 1-19. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/37120.