Normative Theory Exists

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This is a theory that states "There is such a thing as a normative theory."

Existence of Normative Theory was formulated by Zoe Sebastien in 2016. It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available answer to the question.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Normative Theory Exists:
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Scientonomy15 February 2017The claim became accepted as a result of the acceptance of Sebastien's ontology.Yes

Suggestions To Accept

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

Modification Community Date Suggested Summary Verdict Verdict Rationale Date Assessed
Sciento-2017-0002 Scientonomy 23 January 2017 Accept a new ontology of scientific change where the two fundamental elements are theories - both descriptive and normative - and methods. Accepted The community has agreed that after the solution of the paradox of normative propositions, there are no obstacles for including normative propositions into the ontology of scientific change.c1 c2 c3 It was also agreed that including normative propositions into the ontology of scientific change "would allow us to grasp the role that methodological and ethical rules play in science".c4 15 February 2017

Question Answered

Normative Theory Exists is an attempt to answer the following question: Existence of Normative Theory.

See Existence of Normative Theory for more details.


According to Sebastien, "normative propositions are relevant to the process of scientific change", i.e. "they "can be part of the scientific mosaic".1p. 2


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  1. ^  Sebastien, Zoe. (2016) The Status of Normative Propositions in the Theory of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 1, 1-9. Retrieved from