Epistemic Stances Towards Questions

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What types of epistemic stances can be taken by epistemic agents towards questions?

What are the types of stances that an epistemic agent can take towards questions? For instance, can questions be accepted, used, pursued, employed, etc.?

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by William Rawleigh in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available answer to the question. It is formulated as: "The stance of question acceptance can be taken towards a question."

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Acceptance Record

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Scientonomy26 September 2018The acceptance of questions as a distinct element of the scientonomic ontology indicates that the question of epistemic stances that can be taken towards questions became accepted.Yes

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Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018)The stance of question acceptance can be taken towards a question.2018

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Accepted Theories

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ScientonomyEpistemic Stances Towards Questions - Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018)1 November 2018

Suggested Modifications

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ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0003Scientonomy12 May 2018Accept that the epistemic stance that can be taken by an epistemic agent towards a question is question acceptance (the opposite is unacceptance), where question acceptance is defined as "a question is said to be accepted if it is taken as a legitimate topic of inquiry".AcceptedIt was noted that "the whole point of adding questions to the ontology of epistemic elements was that we can legitimately speak of a question being accepted by a certain agent at a certain time".c1 The discussion also revealed a need to distinguish "a situation where no consensus exists from a situation where a consensus exists that a question is illegitimate".c2 In other words, "just as question acceptance, theory acceptance too seems to allow for three values: (clearly) accepted; (clearly) unaccepted; no consensus".c3 Thus, a new question was suggested concerning the binary character of epistemic stances: "are all epistemic stances binary, or do they allow for more than two values?"c41 November 2018

Current View

In Scientonomy, the accepted answer to the question is Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018).

Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018) states: "The stance of question acceptance can be taken towards a question." Rawleigh argued that, just like theories, questions too can be accepted or unaccepted. A question can be accepted by an agent at one period at not accepted by another.

Related Topics

This question is a subquestion of Epistemic Stances Towards Epistemic Elements. It has the following sub-topic(s):