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How should we define the term law in the scientonomic context? How is law different from theory? Do we even need law as a separate concept?

Barseghyan loosely defines law as a proposition that describes any sufficiently general regularity in a given ontology. Thus, his laws of scientific change are merely the axioms from which other propositions of the theory follow.

At this stage, it is unclear what makes a proposition a law. A proper definition of law would help clarify this.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Paul Patton in 2016. 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.


In Barseghyan's The Laws of Scientific Change, the term law is used extensively, yet never formally defined.1

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  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.