Existence of Method Hierarchies

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Do method hierarchies exist?

Cases from a variety of fields of inquiry seems to be suggesting the existence of method hierarchies, where criteria employed by an epistemic agent constitute a certain preference hierarchy. This raises a question: do these criteria indeed constitute a hierarchy? In other words, is it the case that epistemic agents are sometimes willing to relax their requirement and employ somewhat more lenient requirements when more stringent requirements cannot be met?

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan and Mathew Mercuri in 2019. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the question has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.

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Scientonomy24 December 2019The question became accepted with the publication of the paper by Mercuri & Barseghyan.Yes

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Method Hierarchies Exist (Mercuri-Barseghyan-2019)There are method hierarchies in the actual process of scientific change.2019

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Sciento-2019-0013Scientonomy24 December 2019Accept the existence of method hierarchies and the new definition of method hierarchy as a set of methods where theories that satisfy the requirements of methods that are higher in the hierarchy are preferred to theories that satisfy the requirements of methods that are lower in the hierarchy. Also accept the question of conceptualizing method hierarchies.Open

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This question is a subquestion of Ontology of Scientific Change.