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.||Yes|
Suggestions To Reject
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|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.||Open|
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.