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. Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018) states "Propositional knowledge that has been openly formulated by the agent."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||28 December 2018||The 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|
|Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)||Propositional knowledge that has been openly formulated by the agent.||2018|
|Community||Theory||Accepted From||Accepted Until|
|Scientonomy||Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)||1 September 2019|
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|Sciento-2018-0011||Scientonomy||28 December 2018||Accept the three-fold distinction between explicit, explicable-implicit, and inexplicable.||Accepted||The 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."c2||1 September 2019|
In Scientonomy community, the accepted definition of the term is Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018). It is defined as: "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 ChangeBarseghyan and Mirkin (2019) and was restated by Mirkin in his The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic. Read More