Deducibility in Method Employment

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What does deducibility in the the law of method employment mean? Does it refer to the deducibility of classic logic, or to a logic accepted by the community at the time?

The current formulation of the law of method employment asserts that a method becomes employed when it is deducible from some accepted theories and employed methods. However, it is unclear as to what deducibility here is to mean, as the notion of deducibility varies from logic to logic.

One approach is to assume that newly employed methods must be deducible in the rules of classical logic, but this runs the risk of historical anachronism. The immediate alternative would be to assume that methods must be deducible in the rules of the logic accepted by the community at the time, but this poses an issue for observational scientonomy, in that it allows potential 'hand-waving.' If the employment of a method would violate the law of method employment, then it can be posited that the agent in question merely accepted a different logic, especially without establishing indicators of the accepted logic.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Calahan Janik-Jones and Patrick Fraser in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the question has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.

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