Compatibility Criteria (Barseghyan-2015)

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A definition of Compatibility Criteria that states "Criteria for determining whether two theories are compatible or incompatible."

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This definition of Compatibility Criteria was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.


Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Compatibility Criteria (Barseghyan-2015):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016The definition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.Yes

Suggestions To Reject

These are all the modifications where the rejection of the theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0017Scientonomy28 January 2018Accept the new definition of compatibility criteria as criteria for determining whether two elements are compatible or incompatible.Open

Question Answered

Compatibility Criteria (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is compatibility criteria? How should it be defined?

See Compatibility Criteria for more details.


After a community has satisfied both demarcation criteria and acceptance criteria, the community in question must properly define compatibility criteria so as to determine whether two theories are mutually compatible or incompatible. If two incompatible theories are employed for the same domain at the same time, the logic law of noncontradiction would be violated. However, the compatibility criteria may turn out to be changeable and may need not necessarily coincide with the logical law of noncontradiction. 1p. 13 Thus, a proper definition of compatibility criteria is of great importance in order to explicate any method.


  1. a b  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.