Method (Barseghyan-2015)

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A definition of Method that states "A set of requirements for employment in theory assessment."

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This definition of Method was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.


Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Method (Barseghyan-2015):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016The definition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.Yes

Suggestions To Reject

These are all the modifications where the rejection of the theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0005Scientonomy8 October 2018Accept 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

Question Answered

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.


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


Jacob MacKinnon (23.7%), Paul Patton (29.1%), Hakob Barseghyan (47.2%)