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 question was first formulated by Nicholas Overgaard in 2016. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the term has no accepted definition in Scientonomy.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

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 Theories

The following definitions of 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 Theories

According to our records, no definition of the term has ever been accepted.

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this term:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2017-0014Scientonomy19 May 2017Provided 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



There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of epistemic communitys.


No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.


No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of an epistemic community.


No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of an epistemic community.


No associations of an epistemic community are currently accepted.

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Related Topics

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