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.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Our records state that this term has never been accepted by any community.

All Theories

The following definitions of the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
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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Accepted Theories

According to our records, no definition of the term has ever been accepted.

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this term:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
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

Current Definition

There is currently no accepted definition of the term.

Ontology

Existence

There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of epistemic tools.

Disjointness

No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.

Subtypes

No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of an epistemic tool.

Supertypes

No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of an epistemic tool.

Associations

No associations of an epistemic tool are currently accepted.


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Dynamics

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