Epistemic Stances Towards Theories - Acceptance Use and Pursuit (Barseghyan-2015)

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An attempt to answer the question of Epistemic Stances Towards Theories which states "The list of possible stances towards a theory includes acceptance, use, and pursuit."

Epistemic Stances - Acceptance Use and Pursuit was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available theory on the subject.


Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Epistemic Stances Towards Theories - Acceptance Use and Pursuit (Barseghyan-2015):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016The distinction became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.Yes

Suggestions To Reject

These are all the modifications where the rejection of the theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0013Scientonomy28 December 2018Accept scientificity as a distinct epistemic stance that epistemic agents can take towards theories. Also accept several questions concerning the definition of scientificity and the applicability of scientificity to other epistemic elements, such as methods and questions, as legitimate topics of scientonomic inquiry.Open

Question Answered

Epistemic Stances Towards Theories - Acceptance Use and Pursuit (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: What epistemic stances can be taken towards a theory?

See Epistemic Stances Towards Theories for more details.


The distinction between acceptance, use, and pursuit explained by Hakob Barseghyan

There are three distinct stances that one can take towards a theory - acceptance, use, and pursuit. These stances are in principle independent from each other, meaning that one stance one can take any these stances towards a theory without taking the other stances. Thus, all of the following combinations are possible:

  • a theory is accepted, used, and pursued at the same time;
  • a theory is accepted and used without being pursued;
  • a theory is accepted and pursued without being used;
  • a theory is used and pursued without being accepted;
  • a theory is only accepted;
  • a theory is only used;
  • a theory is only pursued;
  • a theory is neither accepted, nor used, nor pursued.


  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.