Modification talk:Sciento-2017-0001

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Commenting on this modification is closed; the modification is accepted.


Hakob Barseghyan

31 months ago
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These new definitions are an important addition to theoretical scientonomy. Since the paradox of normative propositions has been solved (see modification Sciento-2016-0001), we can now adjust our taxonomy to have a definition for normative proposition. This is crucial, as without such a definition, the very question of their status in the mosaic is problematic. Thus, we need thsi new taxonomy, to have a meaningful discussion of the next modification Sciento-2017-0002 that concerns our basic ontology.

Nicholas Overgaard

30 months ago
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I agree with Hakob here - if we're going to have any sort of conversation about whether or not any form of normative propositions exist in our scientonomic worldview, then we need to start from a definition. As is always the case, if we disagree later on about the specifics of this definition, and another better definition is proposed, then we can certainly consider accepting it. But at this stage, we lack a definition as a starting point. My position is that we accept Zoe's taxonomy.

Paul Patton

30 months ago
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When the TSC was formulated, the status of normative propositions in the mosaic was unclear. Now that the paradox of normative propositions has been solved, a revised set of definitions was needed to accommodate normative propositions in the mosaic. 'Theory' is now defined generically, with two different sorts of theories recognized: descriptive theories consisting of descriptive propositions, and normative theories consisting of normative propositions that prescribe something. The first definition refers to what is traditionally thought of as a scientific theory, such as Newton's theory of Universal Gravitation, or Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Such theories consist of descriptive propositions. The latter sort refers to such things as scientific methodologies, or ethical rules for the conduct of biomedical research. Recognizing a category of normative theories, and appropriately modifying definitions in order to do so will make it possible to better understand the role of normative concerns, especially scientific methodologies, in the process of scientific change. I believe this change is valuable, and that we should accept this new set of definitions.

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