Epistemic Tool

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What is epistemic tool? How should it be defined?

The term epistemic tool is intended to refer to objects and artifacts used in the process of knowledge production, such as astrolabes, telescopes, computers, etc. A precise scientonomic definition of the term is of great importance.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Paul Patton in 2019.

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Epistemic Tool (Patton-2019)A physical object or system is an epistemic tool for an epistemic agent iff there is a procedure by which the tool can provide an acceptable source of knowledge for answering some question under the employed method of that agent.2019
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Sciento-2019-0016Scientonomy26 December 2019Accept the definition of epistemic tool, stating that a physical object or system is an epistemic tool for an epistemic agent, when there is a procedure by which the tool can provide an acceptable source of knowledge for answering some question under the employed method of that agent.Open

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