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.

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

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