Epistemic Stances Towards Questions
What epistemic stances can be taken towards a question?
What are the types of stances that epistemic agents can take towards questions? For instance, can questions be accepted, used, pursued, employed, etc.?
In addition if it is possible to pursuit questions, would this be reducible to theory pursuit or vice versa? If both can be pursued, do they overlap? If they overlap completely, would the question of question pursuit be redundant?
In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by William Rawleigh and Intishar Kazi in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available theory on the subject. Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018) states "The epistemic stance that can be taken by an epistemic agent towards a question is question acceptance."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||26 September 2018||The 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|
|Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018)||The epistemic stance that can be taken by an epistemic agent towards a question is question acceptance.||2018|
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|Scientonomy||Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018)||1 November 2018|
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|Sciento-2018-0003||Scientonomy||12 May 2018||Accept 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".||Accepted||It 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?"c4||1 November 2018|
In Scientonomy community, the accepted theory on the subject is Epistemic Stances Towards Questions - Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018). It states: "The epistemic stance that can be taken by an epistemic agent towards a question is question acceptance." 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. Consider, for instance, the question "what is the distance to the sphere of the stars?" which was once accepted as a legitimate topic of inquiry, but is no longer accepted. Similarly, the question "what is the mechanism of evolution of species?" is accepted nowadays, but wasn't accepted in the 17th century. Thus, we can say that questions acceptance is the stance that epistemic agents take towards questions. Read More
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