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What is question? How should it be defined?

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by William Rawleigh in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Question (Rawleigh-2018) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. Question (Rawleigh-2018) states "A topic of inquiry."


Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of this question (it includes all the instances when the question was accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by a community):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy12 May 2018This is when Rawleigh's The Status of Questions in the Ontology of Scientific Change that offered a definition of question was published. This is a good indication that the question of how question is to be defined is considered legitimate by the community.Yes

All Theories

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TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Question (Rawleigh-2018)A topic of inquiry.2018
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Accepted Theories

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CommunityTheoryAccepted FromAccepted Until
ScientonomyQuestion (Rawleigh-2018)26 September 2018

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this topic:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0001Scientonomy12 May 2018Accept the definition of question as a topic of inquiry.AcceptedThe consensus was reached as a result of in-person consultations with scientonomists mostly outside of the discussion page of this modification. It was agreed that as the only currently published definition of the term, Rawleigh's definition is to be accepted as the best available. An alternative definition of question as "a topic of scientific inquiry"c1 was presented as a potentially pursuit-worthy direction. However, it was eventually agreed that including "scientificity" into the definition of question conflates "the question of how a question should be defined" with "the question of what stances can be taken towards questions".c2 It does not distinguish "the propositional content of the element itself" and "its historical fate", for "scientificity or lack thereof doesn't change the propositional content of the question".c326 September 2018

Current View

In Scientonomy community, the accepted definition of the term is Question (Rawleigh-2018). It is defined as: "A topic of inquiry."

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A question is a subject or area of inquiry into which epistemic communities can investigate. They are usually given in the form of an interrogative. Questions vary in their specificity and scope, from very wide (what are the properties of the universe?) to very narrow (why are there no instances of CP-violation observed in quantum chromodynamics?). Read More

Related Topics

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