Non-Epistemic Community

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What is non-epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how can it be differentiated from epistemic community?

The term epistemic community is widely used in many contexts when referring to communities that have to do with knowledge. This assumes that there are also non-epistemic communities. The term needs a proper definition to make it clear what differentiates epistemic communities from non-epistemic communities.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Nicholas Overgaard in 2016. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the term has no accepted definition in Scientonomy.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

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CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy10 September 2016The question became accepted with the publication of Overgaard's A Taxonomy for Social Agents of Scientific Change.Yes

All Theories

The following definitions of the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Non-Epistemic Community (Overgaard-2017)A community that does not have a collective intentionality to know the world.2017
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Accepted Theories

According to our records, no definition of the term has ever been accepted.

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this term:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2017-0014Scientonomy19 May 2017Provided that the definition of community is accepted, accept new definitions of epistemic community and non-epistemic community as sub-types of community.Open

Current Definition



There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of non-epistemic communitys.


No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.


No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of a non-epistemic community.


No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of a non-epistemic community.


No associations of a non-epistemic community are currently accepted.

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