Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Patton-2019)

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A definition of Hierarchical Authority Delegation that states "A sub-type of multiple authority delegation where different epistemic agents are delegated different degrees of authority over question x."

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This definition of Hierarchical Authority Delegation was formulated by Paul Patton in 2019.1


Acceptance Record

This theory has never been accepted.

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2019-0017Scientonomy26 December 2019Accept the definitions of authority delegation, and its subtypes, that generalize the currently accepted definitions to apply to all epistemic agents, rather than only communities.Open

Question Answered

Hierarchical Authority Delegation (Patton-2019) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is hierarchical authority delegation? How should it be defined?

See Hierarchical Authority Delegation for more details.


The definition tweaks the original definition of the term by Loiselle to ensure that the relationship of hierarchical authority delegation can obtain between epistemic agents of all types. It also substitutes question for topic, as the former is the proper scientonomic term that should be used.


No reasons are indicated for this theory.


  1. ^  Patton, Paul. (2019) Epistemic Tools and Epistemic Agents in Scientonomy. Scientonomy 3, 63-89. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/33621.