Delegation of Authority to Individuals
Can there be delegation of authority to individuals?
In many scientific communities, certain individuals appear to hold an esteemed role in dictating the appraisal of theories in that community. In certain cases, this might appear to constitute a case of the community delegating authority to this individual. Consider for instance, the case of the art market delegating to Maya Widmaier-Picasso and Claude Ruiz-Picasso the authority over the authenticity of the works of Picasso.1 Is this a true case of authority delegation? If so, this might imply that individuals can be said to bear their own distinct mosaics. Conversely, if this is not a case of authority delegation, can it be explained as a case of sociocultural factors influencing theory acceptance?
In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan, Patrick Fraser and Calahan Janik-Jones 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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|Scientonomy||25 January 2018||It was acknowledged as an open question by the Scientonomy Seminar 2018.||Yes|
There is currently no accepted answer to this question.
The following related topic(s) currently lack an accepted answer:
- Delegation of Authority to Artifacts: Can there be delegation of authority to tools, instruments, other material objects, or to computer software? The topic has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.
- Epistemic Community: What is epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how is it different from non-epistemic community? The topic has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.
This topic is a sub-topic of Epistemic Agents.
This topic is also related to the following topic(s):
- Loiselle, Mirka. (2017) Multiple Authority Delegation in Art Authentication. Scientonomy 1, 41-53. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/28233.