Epistemic Community

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What is epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how is it different from non-epistemic community?

The term is widely used in many contexts when referring to communities that have to do with knowledge. The term needs a proper definition to make it clear what differentiates epistemic communities from non-epistemic communities.

In the scientonomic context, this term was first used by Nicholas Overgaard in 2016. The term is currently accepted by Scientonomy community.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record of the Term

Here is the complete acceptance record of this term (it includes all the instances when the term was accepted as a part of a community's taxonomy):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy19 May 2017The question became accepted with the publication of Overgaard's A Taxonomy for Social Agents of Scientific Change.Yes

All Definitions

The following definitions of epistemic community the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Epistemic Community (Overgaard-2017)A community that has a collective intentionality to know the world.2017
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Accepted Definitions

According to our records, no definition of epistemic community has ever been accepted.

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning the definitions of epistemic community:
Modification Community Date Suggested Summary Date Assessed Verdict Verdict Rationale
Sciento-2017-0014 Scientonomy 19 May 2017 Provided that the definition of community is accepted, accept new definitions of epistemic community and non-epistemic community as sub-types of community. Open

Current Definition

At the moment, the term has no accepted definition in Scientonomy.



In Scientonomy, it is currently accepted that "There is such a thing as an epistemic community."


In Scientonomy, there are currently no accepted subtypes of Epistemic Community.


In Scientonomy, the following supertype of Epistemic Community is currently accepted:


In Scientonomy, there are currently no accepted associations of Epistemic Community.


In Scientonomy, no classes are currently accepted as disjoint with Epistemic Community.

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Related Topics

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