Explicit

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What is explicit knowledge? How should it be defined?

The distinction between explicit and implicit/tacit has played a prominent role in the discussions concerning scientific change, including scientonomic discourse. As such, having a clear definition of what explicit means is an important task.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan and Maxim Mirkin in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. It is defined as: "Propositional knowledge that has been openly formulated by the agent."

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of this term (it includes all the instances when the term was accepted as a part of a community's taxonomy):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy28 December 2018The publication of Maxim Mirkin's The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic is an indication of the acceptance of the term by the community.Yes

All Theories

The following definitions of the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)Propositional knowledge that has been openly formulated by the agent.2018
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Accepted Theories

The following definitions of the term have been accepted:
CommunityTheoryAccepted FromAccepted Until
ScientonomyExplicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)1 September 2019

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this term:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0011Scientonomy28 December 2018Accept the three-fold distinction between explicit, explicable-implicit, and inexplicable.AcceptedThe consensus on this modification emerged primarily off-line. It was agreed that "the modification should be accepted".c1 It was also agreed "that the three-fold distinction is to be accepted as it introduces a distinction between explicable-implicit and inexplicable and thus contributes to the clarity of discussions concerning implicit and explicit."c21 September 2019

Current Definition

In Scientonomy, the accepted definition of the term is Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018).

Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018) states: "Propositional knowledge that has been openly formulated by the agent." According to this definition, knowledge is said to be explicit if it has been openly formulated by the agent in question. As such the notion of explicit is agent-relative. The definition was first suggested by Hakob Barseghyan and Maxim Mirkin in their The Role of Technological Knowledge in Scientific Change1 and was restated by Mirkin in his The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic.

Ontology

Existence

There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of explicits.

Disjointness

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

Subtypes

No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of an explicit.

Supertypes

In Scientonomy, the following supertype of Explicit is currently accepted:

Associations

No associations of an explicit are currently accepted.

Epistemic Stances Towards Explicits

The question has no accepted answer.


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Dynamics

Necessary Explicits

The question has no accepted answer.


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References

  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob and Mirkin, Maxim. (2019) The Role of Technological Knowledge in Scientific Change. In Héder and Nádasi (Eds.) (2019), 5-17.