List of Open Questions

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Here all the open questions accepted by the community:

TopicTopic TypeQuestionFormulated Year
Accepted Methodology and Theory PursuitDescriptiveIs there any connection between an accepted methodology and the pursuit of a theory?2016
AnomaliesNormativeUnder which circumstances, changes in beliefs in methods would qualify as an anomaly for Scientonomy?2018
Applicability of Scientonomy to Theories as ModelsDescriptiveIs the theory of scientific change applicable to theories construed as sets of models, or in ways that reject their purely formal characterization?2017
Applicability of the Laws of Scientific ChangeDescriptiveTo which mosaics do the laws of scientific change apply? Do they apply only to scientific communities, to all epistemic communities, or all communities whatsoever (including non-epistemic communities)? Do these patterns emerge and exist in communities who gather together to study the world?2017
Applicability of the Laws of Scientific Change to IndividualsDescriptiveDo the scientonomic laws apply to individual epistemic agents?2019
Application of Scientonomy to Other FieldsDescriptiveWhat is the broader relevance of scientonomy? How can scientonomy inform other fields of inquiry?2018
Application of Scientonomy to Philosophy of ScienceDescriptiveHow can the findings of scientonomy be applied to answer the traditional questions of the philosophy of science?2018
Assessment of Scientonomy - MethodNormativeWhat method ought to be employed to assess a scientonomic theory?2015
Associations of Authority DelegationDescriptiveHow is the class of authority delegation associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between authority delegations, as well as between an authority delegation and instances of other classes?2016
Associations of CompatibilityDescriptiveHow is the class of compatibility associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between instances of compatibility, as well as between compatibility and instances of other classes?2018
Associations of Descriptive TheoryDescriptiveHow is the class of descriptive theory associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between descriptive theories, as well as between a descriptive theory and instances of other classes?2016
Associations of Epistemic AgentDescriptiveHow is the class of epistemic agent associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between epistemic agents, as well as between an epistemic agent and instances of other classes?2019
Associations of Epistemic ElementDescriptiveHow is the class of epistemic element associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between epistemic elements, as well as between an epistemic element and instances of other classes?2015
Associations of Epistemic StanceDescriptiveHow is the class of epistemic stance associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between epistemic stances, as well as between an epistemic stance and instances of other classes?2015
Associations of ImplicitDescriptiveHow is the class of implicit associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between implicits, as well as between an implicit and instances of other classes?2018
Associations of MethodDescriptiveHow is the class of method associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between methods, as well as between a method and instances of other classes?2015
Associations of Norm EmploymentDescriptiveHow is the class of norm employment associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between instances of norm employment, as well as between norm employment and instances of other classes?2018
Associations of Normative TheoryDescriptiveHow is the class of normative theory associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between normative theories, as well as between a normative theory and instances of other classes?2016
Associations of Question AcceptanceDescriptiveHow is the class of question acceptance associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between instances of question acceptance, as well as between question acceptance and instances of other classes?2018
Associations of Theory AcceptanceDescriptiveHow is the class of theory acceptance associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between instances of theory acceptance, as well as between theory acceptance and instances of other classes?2015
Associations of Theory PursuitDescriptiveHow is the class of theory pursuit associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between theory pursuits, as well as between a theory pursuit and instances of other classes?2015
Associations of Theory UseDescriptiveHow is the class of theory use associated with other classes (and itself)? What aggregation, composition, or other association relations can exist between instances of theory use, as well as between theory use and instances of other classes?2015
Conclusive Theory AssessmentDescriptiveAre there any actual historical instances of conclusive theory assessment or does every case of theory assessment involve some degree of inconclusiveness?2016
Core QuestionDefinitionalWhat is core question? How should it be defined?2021
Core TheoryDefinitionalWhat is core theory? How should it be defined?2021
Deducibility in Method EmploymentDescriptiveWhat does deducibility in the the law of method employment mean? Does it refer to the deducibility of classic logic, or to a logic accepted by the community at the time?2018
Delegation of Authority to ArtifactsDescriptiveCan there be delegation of authority to tools, instruments, other material objects, or to computer software?2016
Delegation of Authority to IndividualsDescriptiveCan there be delegation of authority to individuals?2018
Delegation of Authority to Past CommunitiesDescriptiveIs it possible for a community to delegate authority to a community that no longer exists? Can a community delegate authority to a past expert?2017
Delineating TheoryDefinitionalWhat is delineating theory? How should it be defined?2021
Deriving Methods from an Empty SetDescriptiveDoes the possibility of a method being derived from an empty set pose a problem for the current formulation of the third law? Can we conceive of a situation in which a method is derived from an empty subset?2017
DisciplineDefinitionalWhat is discipline? How should it be defined?2021
Discipline AcceptanceDefinitionalWhat is discipline acceptance? How should it be defined?2021
Disjointness of Accidental GroupDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of accidental group disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with accidental group?2016
Disjointness of CommunityDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of community disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with community?2016
Disjointness of CompatibilityDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of compatibility disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with compatibility?2018
Disjointness of Descriptive TheoryDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of descriptive theory disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with descriptive theory?2016
Disjointness of Epistemic AgentDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of epistemic agent disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with epistemic agent?2019
Disjointness of Epistemic ElementDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of epistemic element disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with epistemic element?2015
Disjointness of Epistemic StanceDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of epistemic stance disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with epistemic stance?2015
Disjointness of ErrorDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of error disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with error?2019
Disjointness of Explicable-ImplicitDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of explicable-implicit disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with explicable-implicit?2018
Disjointness of MethodDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of method disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with method?2015
Disjointness of MethodologyDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of methodology disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with methodology?2015
Disjointness of Norm EmploymentDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of norm employment disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with norm employment?2018
Disjointness of Normative TheoryDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of normative theory disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with normative theory?2016
Disjointness of QuestionDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of question disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with question?2018
Disjointness of Question AcceptanceDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of question acceptance disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with question acceptance?2018
Disjointness of TheoryDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of theory disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with theory?2015
Disjointness of Theory AcceptanceDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of theory acceptance disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with theory acceptance?2015
Disjointness of Theory PursuitDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of theory pursuit disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with theory pursuit?2015
Disjointness of Theory UseDescriptiveWhat other classes is the class of theory use disjoint with, i.e. classes that don't share any instances with theory use?2015
Epistemic CommunityDefinitionalWhat is epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how is it different from non-epistemic community?2016
Epistemic ElementDefinitionalWhat is epistemic element? How should it be defined?2015
Epistemic PresuppositionDefinitionalWhat is epistemic presupposition? How should it be defined?2019
Epistemic StanceDefinitionalWhat is epistemic stance? How should it be defined?2015
Existence of CompatibilityDescriptiveDoes compatibility exist?2018
Existence of Descriptive TheoryDescriptiveDoes a descriptive theory exist?2016
Existence of Epistemic AgentDescriptiveDoes an epistemic agent exist?2019
Existence of MethodDescriptiveDoes a method exist?2015
Existence of Method HierarchiesDescriptiveDo method hierarchies exist?2019
Existence of Norm EmploymentDescriptiveDoes norm employment exist?2018
Existence of Normative TheoryDescriptiveDoes a normative theory exist?2016
Existence of QuestionDescriptiveDoes a question exist?2018
Existence of Theory PursuitDescriptiveDoes a theory pursuit exist?2015
Existence of Theory UseDescriptiveDoes theory use exist?2015
Hierarchy of TheoriesDescriptiveIs there a hierarchy of theories that determines hierarchical authority delegation, hierarchical anomaly-tolerance, compatibility criteria or theory acceptance criteria?2018
Implementation vs. Employment of MethodsDescriptiveIs there a difference between implementation and employment of a method? Is the mechanism of implementation the same as the mechanism of employment?2017
Indicators of CommunitiesNormativeWhat types of historical markers can be taken as indicative that a certain group constituted an epistemic community at a certain time community?2018
Indicators of InconclusivenessDescriptiveWhat indicators enable us to identify a historical case of inconclusive theory assessment?2016
Indicators of Question AcceptanceNormativeWhat type of historical markers can be taken as indicative that a question was accepted by an agent at a given time?2018
Indicators of ViolationNormativeWhat are the methodological indicators of violations of scientific change?2018
Individual and Communal LevelsDescriptiveWhat is the relation between the communal and the individual level? To what extent can the individual level epistemic stances tell about the communal level?2018
Inferring Theory Assessment OutcomesNormativeWhat can an observational scientonomist infer about a theory's assessment outcome from the theory's acceptance/unacceptance?2017
Logical PresuppositionDefinitionalWhat is logical presupposition? How should it be defined?2021
Mechanism of Norm EmploymentDescriptiveHow do norms become employed by an epistemic agent?2022
Mechanism of Question AcceptanceDescriptiveHow do questions become accepted as legitimate topics of inquiry? What is the mechanism of question acceptance?2018
Mechanism of Question RejectionDescriptiveWhat is the mechanism of question rejection? How do questions become rejected by epistemic agents?2021
Mechanism of Theory PursuitDescriptiveWhat is the mechanism of theory pursuit, if any? How do theories become pursued by communities? Is pursuit purely determined by sociocultural factors or is there an epistemic element to it as well?2015
Method HierarchyDefinitionalWhat is method hierarchy? How should it be defined?2019
Methodology and MethodsDescriptiveCan a method become employed by being the deductive consequence of an already accepted methodology? How would this affect the Methodology Can Shape Methods theorem?2016
Methods Shaping Theory ConstructionDescriptiveDo our employed methods and accepted demarcation criteria influence theory construction?2016
Methods and Technical Research ToolsDescriptiveWhat is the relationship between methods and technical research tools?2016
Necessary Descriptive TheoriesDescriptiveAre there descriptive theories that are necessarily part of any mosaic? What descriptive theories, is any, are necessary for the process of scientific change to occur?2023
Necessary LogicDescriptiveWhat minimal set of inference rules (i.e. logic) is required for scientific change to occur?2018
Necessary QuestionsDescriptiveAre there questions that are necessarily part of any mosaic? What questions, if any, are necessary for the process of scientific change to occur?2018
Non-Epistemic CommunityDefinitionalWhat is non-epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how can it be differentiated from epistemic community?2016
Normative Effects of ScientonomyDescriptiveWhat are the normative effects of scientonomy on the process of scientific change?2018
Philosophy of Science - DemarcationDescriptiveCan scientonomy as a descriptive empirical science of science be applied to solve the problem of demarcation?2018
Philosophy of Science - RelativismDescriptiveCan scientonomy as a descriptive empirical science of science be applied to solve the problem of scientific progress?2018
Philosophy of Science - Scientific ProgressDescriptiveCan scientonomy as a descriptive empirical science of science be applied to solve the problem of scientific progress/relativism?2018
Possibility of Scientonomy - PreconditionsDescriptiveUnder which conditions do the patterns of scientific change emerge and hold?2018
Pursuit and AcceptanceDescriptiveWhat is the relationship between the process of theory acceptance and that of theory pursuit?2018
Question PursuitDefinitionalWhat is question pursuit? How should it be defined?2022
Role of Ethics in Scientific ChangeDescriptiveWhat role do ethical concerns play in scientific change? Are ethical norms capable of affecting employed methods?2016
Role of Non-Social and Environmental Factors in Scientific ChangeDescriptiveIn addition to interactions between people in a community, what role do interactions between people and their natural, non-social environment have on the process of scientific change?2017
Role of Practical Considerations in Scientific ChangeDescriptiveWhat is the role of practical considerations such as financial constraints or limitations of manpower in the process of scientific change?2016
Role of Sociocultural Factors in Method EmploymentDescriptiveWhat is the role of sociocultural factors, such as economics or politics, in the process of method employment?2015
Role of Sociocultural Factors in Mosaic SplitDescriptiveWhat role do sociocultural factors play in a mosaic split?2018
Role of Used Theories in Method EmploymentDescriptiveDoes the third law allow for methods to be deductive consequences of used theories?2017
Scientific CommunityDefinitionalWhat is scientific community? Can it be defined as more than simply “the bearer of a mosaic”?2015
Scope of Scientonomy - Mosaic FormationNormativeShould Scientonomy tackle the question of the initial formation of a scientific mosaic?2018
Scope of Scientonomy - Tracing Implicit and ExplicitNormativeShould observational scientonomy trace when a certain stance towards an epistemic element was taken explicitly or implicitly?2018
Sociocultural FactorsDefinitionalWhat are sociocultural factors? How should they be defined?2016
Status of Disciplinary BoundariesDescriptiveHow do disciplinary boundaries exist within the scientific mosaic?2016
Status of Impossible Abstract RequirementsDescriptiveWhat happens in situations where an abstract requirement can't be met? What do we do when we would like to keep certain theories but those theories are left in limbo?2018
Status of Method and MethodologyDescriptiveCan Method and Methodology be defined such that it doesn't rely on the implicit-explicit distinction?2018
Status of ModelsDescriptiveWhat is the status of models in the mosaic?2016
Status of ReasonsDescriptiveDo epistemic communities accept reasons during theory acceptance? If they do, what is the nature of the relationship between reasons and scientific change? Is it possible for a theory to remain accepted while the original reason for its acceptance is replaced by another?2018
Status of Tacit TheoriesDescriptiveWhat is the status of tacit theories in the scientific mosaic? Is it possible for a community to actually accept a theory without openly formulating it?2016
SubdisciplineDefinitionalWhat is subdiscipline? How should it be defined?2021
SubquestionDefinitionalWhat is subquestion? How should it be defined?2021
Subtypes of Authority DelegationDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of an authority delegation?2016
Subtypes of CommunityDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of a community?2016
Subtypes of CompatibilityDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of compatibility?2018
Subtypes of DefinitionDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of a definition?2018
Subtypes of Descriptive TheoryDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of a descriptive theory?2016
Subtypes of Epistemic AgentDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of an epistemic agent?2019
Subtypes of MethodDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of a method?2015
Subtypes of Norm EmploymentDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of norm employment?2018
Subtypes of Outcome InconclusiveDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of an outcome inconclusive?2015
Subtypes of QuestionDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of a question?2018
Subtypes of Question AcceptanceDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of question acceptance?2018
Subtypes of Theory AcceptanceDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of theory acceptance?2015
Subtypes of Theory PursuitDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of a theory pursuit?2015
Subtypes of Theory UseDescriptiveWhat are the subtypes of theory use?2015
Supertypes of CommunityDescriptiveWhat are the supertypes of a community?2016
Supertypes of Epistemic AgentDescriptiveWhat are the supertypes of an epistemic agent?2019
Supertypes of Epistemic ElementDescriptiveWhat are the supertypes of an epistemic element?2015
Supertypes of Epistemic StanceDescriptiveWhat are the supertypes of an epistemic stance?2015
Supertypes of Hierarchical Authority DelegationDescriptiveWhat are the supertypes of a hierarchical authority delegation?2017
Tautological Status of The First Law (Barseghyan-2015)DescriptiveIs the first law suggested by Barseghyan in 2015 a tautology?2016
Tautological Status of The Law of Theory Demarcation (Sarwar-Fraser-2018)DescriptiveIs the law of theory demarcation as formulated by Sarwar and Fraser in 2018 a tautology?2018
The Necessity of Intercommunication for CommunityDescriptiveIf two independent communities undergo similar changes which result in identical mosaics, are these communities still considered as distinct, or are they a single community?2016
The Necessity of Language in CommunityDescriptiveIs a shared language, or propositional code, presupposed by the existence of an epistemic community?2017
The Status of Holism and Ripple EffectDescriptiveIs it the case that changes in one of the elements of a mosaic can have a "ripple effect" on the rest of the mosaic?2018
Theory DisplacementDescriptiveIs it conceivable that, following the rejection of a method, that any theories which satisfied its requirements also would become rejected, seeing as how the reasons for belief in them no longer hold (in the eyes of the community)?2018
Theory vs. Method CompatibilityDescriptiveWhat is the relationship between the Compatibility Criteria for theories and for methods within the same Mosaic?2018
Workflow - Closure MechanismNormativeHow should verdicts on suggested modifications be achieved? If modifications are accepted as a result of a communal consensus, then what constitutes such a consensus?2019
Workflow - Goals of Peer ReviewNormativeShould peer reviewers evaluate a submitted paper for the pursuitworthiness or acceptability of the content of the paper?2019
Workflow - Handling Ripple EffectsNormativeHow should the scientonomic workflow handle the ripple effect of additional minor changes to the body of scientonomic knowledge caused by the acceptance of a certain modification?2019
Workflow - Publishing Modification CommentsNormativeShould the discussions concerning a suggested modification be published? If so, when and how should they be published?2019
Workflow - Reformulating Suggesting ModificationsNormativeAre the commentators of suggested modifications allowed to suggest reformulations of the original formulations?2019