Epistemic Presupposition

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What is epistemic presupposition? How should it be defined?

While theories are answers to questions, questions themselves often presuppose theories. The notion of presupposition can be understood logically or epistemically. Here, the task is to define the notion of epistemic presupposition.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan and Nichole Levesley in 2019. 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
Scientonomy1 August 2021This is when Barseghyan and Levesley's Question Dynamics that offered a definition of the term was published. This is a good indication that the question of how the term is to be defined is considered legitimate by the community.Yes

All Theories

The following definitions of the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Epistemic Presupposition (Barseghyan-Levesley-2021)A theory is said to be an epistemic presupposition of a question for some agent, iff the agent accepts that accepting any direct answer to the question will necessitate accepting the theory.2021
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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-2021-0001Scientonomy1 August 2021Accept the definitions of logical presupposition and epistemic presupposition.Open

Current Definition



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


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


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


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


No associations of an epistemic presupposition are currently accepted.

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