One-sided Authority Delegation (Patton-2019)

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A definition of One-sided Authority Delegation that states "Epistemic agents A and B are said to be in a relationship of one-sided authority delegation iff A delegates authority over question x to B, but B doesn’t delegate any authority to A."

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This definition of One-sided Authority Delegation was formulated by Paul Patton in 2019.1


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-2019-0017Scientonomy26 December 2019Accept the definitions of authority delegation, and its subtypes, that generalize the currently accepted definitions to apply to all epistemic agents, rather than only communities.Open

Question Answered

One-sided Authority Delegation (Patton-2019) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is one-sided authority delegation? How should it be defined?

See One-sided Authority Delegation for more details.


The definition tweaks the original definition of the term by Overgaard and Loiselle to ensure that the relationship of one-sided authority delegation can obtain between epistemic agents of all types. It also substitutes question for topic, as the former is the proper scientonomic term that should be used.


No reasons are indicated for this theory.


  1. ^  Patton, Paul. (2019) Epistemic Tools and Epistemic Agents in Scientonomy. Scientonomy 3, 63-89. Retrieved from