Norm Employment (Barseghyan-2018)

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A definition of Norm Employment that states "A norm is said to be employed if its requirements constitute the actual expectations of an epistemic agent."

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This definition of Norm Employment was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2018.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.


Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Norm Employment (Barseghyan-2018):
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Scientonomy1 September 2019The definition became accepted as a result of the acceptance of the respective suggested modification.Yes

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0008Scientonomy8 October 2018Accept the definition of norm employment.AcceptedThe consensus on this modification emerged mostly off-line.c1 Importantly, it was also emphasized that its acceptance may have a ripple effect on other accepted definitions.c2 It was not clear whether "the acceptance of a new theory could be considered to implicitly grant permission to the editors to make small changes to old theories for the sake of maintaining consistency, without the need for explicit review and acceptance".c3 Thus, a new question concerning handling this ripple effect was accepted.1 September 2019

Question Answered

Norm Employment (Barseghyan-2018) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is norm employment? How should it be defined?

See Norm Employment for more details.


This definition is meant to ensure that the notion of employment is applicable not only to methods but to norms of all types, as is the case in the redrafted ontology of epistemic elements, suggested by Barseghyan in 2018. According to that ontology, the capacity of being employed can be ascribed not only to norms of theory evaluation (i.e. methods), but to any norms whatsoever, including ethical norm and aesthetic norms.1


  1. a b  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2018) Redrafting the Ontology of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 2, 13-38. Retrieved from