Epistemic Agents - Communities (Barseghyan-2015)

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This is an answer to the question Epistemic Agents that states "Only a community can be the bearer of a scientific mosaic."

Epistemic Agents - Communities was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available answer to the question.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Epistemic Agents - Communities (Barseghyan-2015):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016This ontology of epistemic agents was tacitly accepted even before its explicit formulation in 2018. Thus, it has the same acceptance date as the rest of the original TSC.Yes

Suggestions To Reject

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ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2019-0015Scientonomy26 December 2019Accept that there are two types of epistemic agents – individual and communal. Also accept the question of applicability of the laws of scientific change to individuals as a legitimate topic of scientonomic inquiry.Open

Question Answered

Epistemic Agents - Communities (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: Who can be a bearer of a mosaic? Can a community be a bearer of a mosaic? Can an individual be a bearer of a mosaic? Can an instrument be a bearer of a mosaic?

See Epistemic Agents for more details.


There is only one type of epistemic agents that can bear a mosaic - community.1pp. 43-52 As for individual epistemic agents, their status and role in the process of scientific change is unclear; thus, individuals are left out of the ontology of epistemic agents.


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