A definition of Method that states "A set of requirements for employment in theory assessment."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||1 January 2016||The definition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.||No||1 September 2019||The definition became rejected as a result of the acceptance of the respective suggested modification.|
Suggestions To Reject
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|Sciento-2018-0005||Scientonomy||8 October 2018||Accept the new definitions of method as a set of criteria for theory evaluation and methodology as a normative discipline that formulates the rules which ought to be employed in theory assessment.||Accepted||The consensus concerning this modification emerged primarily off-line, following a series of discussions. It was noted that the new definition "does clarify the scientific understanding of methods as normative theories that can be both accepted and employed".c1 It was also highlighted that the consensus on this modification "has been manifested on several occasions, including the first scientonomy conference in May 2019 in Toronto, where several of the speakers treated the suggested definition of method as accepted".c2 Importantly, it was also agreed that the acceptance of "this definition will require a whole series of changes to other theories already accepted by the scientonomic community to accord with the new definitions, for example, the Methodology can shape Method theorem."c3 This raises an important workflow-related question: does this mean that the encyclopedia editors have the right to make the respective changes?c4||1 September 2019|
Method (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is method? How should it be defined?
See Method for more details.
Any method is essentially a set of criteria which can become employed by an epistemic agent in theory evaluation. Methods can be very general and apply to theories of a variety of types (e.g. the hypothetico-deductive method), or very specific (e.g. the double-blind trial method of drug testing).
Methods of theory evaluation should be differentiated from research techniques, which are used in theory construction and data gathering.
- Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.