Epistemic Community (Overgaard-2017)

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This is a definition of Epistemic Community that states "A community that has a collective intentionality to know the world."

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This definition of Epistemic Community was formulated by Nicholas Overgaard in 2017.1

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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

Question Answered

Epistemic Community (Overgaard-2017) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how is it different from non-epistemic community?

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This definition attempts to capture what is arguably the key feature of epistemic communities - their collective intentionality to study/know the world. This feature, according to the definition, distinguishes epistemic communities from non-epistemic communities, such as political, economic, or familial communities. To use Overgaard's own example, "it is clear that an orchestra is a community: the various musicians can be said to have a collective intentionality to play a piece of music" and yet its collective intentionality is different from that of knowing the world.1p. 59


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  1. a b  Overgaard, Nicholas. (2017) A Taxonomy for the Social Agents of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 1, 55-62. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/28234.