Epistemic Stances Towards Theories - Scientificity Acceptance Use and Pursuit (Sarwar-Fraser-2018)

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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 scientificity, acceptance, use, and pursuit."

Epistemic Stances Towards Theories - Scientificity Acceptance Use and Pursuit was formulated by Patrick Fraser and Ameer Sarwar in 2018.1


It is accepted in scientonomy that epistemic agents may take a variety of epistemic stances towards theories, including acceptance, use, and pursuit. However, it is recognized that this list is by no means exhausitve.

Acceptance Record

This theory has never been accepted.

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this 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 - Scientificity Acceptance Use and Pursuit (Sarwar-Fraser-2018) is an attempt to answer the following question: What epistemic stances can be taken towards a theory?

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It is postulated by Sarwar and Fraser that in addition to the already accepted epistemic stances that epistemic agents may take towards theories, scientificity is a unique and independent stance that agents can also take towards theories.1 In particular, if a theory satisfies the demarcation criteria employed by a particular agent, then that agent considers the theory to be scientific. If the theory does not satisfy the its demarcation criteria, then the theory is taken to be unscientific. If assessment is inconclusive, the theory may be taken as scientific, unscientific, or uncertain. Sarwar and Fraser argue that scientific communities take the stance of scientificity or unscientificity independent of whether those theories are accepted, unaccepted, used, unused, pursued, or unpursued. As such, scientificity is a distinct epistemic stance.


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  1. a b  Sarwar, Ameer and Fraser, Patrick. (2018) Scientificity and The Law of Theory Demarcation. Scientonomy 2, 55-66. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/31275.