# Procedural Method

What is procedural method? How should it be defined?

Procedural method is one of the key concepts in current scientonomy. Thus, its proper definition is of great importance.

In the scientonomic context, this term was first used by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015. The term is currently accepted by Scientonomy community.

In Scientonomy, the accepted definition of the term is:

• A method which doesn't presuppose any contingent propositions.

## Scientonomic History

### Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of this term (it includes all the instances when the term was accepted as a part of a community's taxonomy):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016Yes

### All Theories

The following definitions of the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Procedural Method (Barseghyan-2015)A method which doesn't presuppose any contingent propositions.2015

### Accepted Theories

The following definitions of the term have been accepted:
CommunityTheoryAccepted FromAccepted Until
ScientonomyProcedural Method (Barseghyan-2015)1 January 2016

### Suggested Modifications

According to our records, there have been no suggested modifications on this term.

## Current Definition

In Scientonomy, the accepted definition of the term is Procedural Method (Barseghyan-2015).

Procedural Method (Barseghyan-2015) states: "A method which doesn't presuppose any contingent propositions."

The definition assumes that it is possible to conceive of methods that do not presuppose any substantive knowledge about the world. If a method doesn't presuppose any accepted theories other than definitions, the method is procedural.1p. 219 As a possible example of a procedural method, Barseghyan mentions what he calls the deductive acceptance method, according to which "if a proposition is deductively inferred from other accepted propositions, it is to be accepted".1p. 221 This method, according to Barseghyan presupposes only some definition of deductive inference as well as some very abstract method such as "only accept the best available theories".1p. 220-221 The latter is another possible instance of a procedural method, as it too doesn't seem to presuppose any substantive knowledge of the world.

## Ontology

### Existence

There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of procedural methods.

### Disjointness

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

### Subtypes

No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of a procedural method.

### Supertypes

No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of a procedural method.

### Associations

No associations of a procedural method are currently accepted.

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## Dynamics

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## Related Topics

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## References

1.   Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.