Non-Epistemic Community (Overgaard-2017)

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A definition of Non-Epistemic Community that states "A community that does not have a collective intentionality to know the world."

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This definition of Non-Epistemic Community was formulated by Nicholas Overgaard in 2017.1


Acceptance Record

This theory has never been accepted.

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
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

Question Answered

Non-Epistemic Community (Overgaard-2017) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is non-epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how can it be differentiated from epistemic community?

See Non-Epistemic Community for more details.


This definition is meant to highlight the key difference between epistemic and non-epistemic communities. The former are said to have a collective intentionality to know the world, while the latter lack such an intentionality. A typical example of a non-epistemic community, according to Overgaard, is an orchestra that has a collective intentionality to play music but lack the intentionality of knowing the world.1p. 59 Another example of a non-epistemic community, according to Overgaard, is a political party. While a political party might have some accepted theories, such as ideas concerning, for instance, effective governance, "a political party would be considered a non-epistemic community because it lacks a collective intentionality to know the world".1p. 59


No reasons are indicated for this theory.


  1. a b c  Overgaard, Nicholas. (2017) A Taxonomy for the Social Agents of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 1, 55-62. Retrieved from