Epistemic Agent

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What is epistemic agent? How should it be defined?

The notion of epistemic agent plays a central role in scientonomy. In the scientonomic context it was first used in Barseghyan's Redrafting the Ontology of Scientific Change where the term was not defined.1pp. 64-65 2 Since the term stands in an important relationship with the notions of epistemic element and epistemic stance, it is important to provide the term with a proper scientonomic definition.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Paul Patton in 2019. 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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Scientonomy26 December 2019The publication of Patton (2019) is and indication of the acceptance of the term.Yes

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Epistemic Agent (Patton-2019)An agent capable of taking epistemic stances towards epistemic elements.2019
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ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2019-0014Scientonomy26 December 2019Accept the new definition of epistemic agent as an agent capable of taking epistemic stances towards epistemic elements.Open

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  1. ^  Patton, Paul. (2019) Epistemic Tools and Epistemic Agents in Scientonomy. Scientonomy 3, 63-89. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/33621.
  2. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2018) Redrafting the Ontology of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 2, 13-38. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/31032.