What does it mean to say that a question is accepted? How should question acceptance 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 Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018) states "A question is said to be accepted if it is taken as a legitimate topic of inquiry."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||12 May 2018||This is when Rawleigh's The Status of Questions in the Ontology of Scientific Change that offered a definition of question acceptance was published. This is a good indication that the question of how the term is to be defined is considered legitimate by the community.||Yes|
|Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018)||A question is said to be accepted if it is taken as a legitimate topic of inquiry.||2018|
|Community||Theory||Accepted From||Accepted Until|
|Scientonomy||Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018)||1 November 2018|
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|Sciento-2018-0003||Scientonomy||12 May 2018||Accept that the epistemic stance that can be taken by an epistemic agent towards a question is question acceptance (the opposite is unacceptance), where question acceptance is defined as "a question is said to be accepted if it is taken as a legitimate topic of inquiry".||Accepted||It was noted that "the whole point of adding questions to the ontology of epistemic elements was that we can legitimately speak of a question being accepted by a certain agent at a certain time".c1 The discussion also revealed a need to distinguish "a situation where no consensus exists from a situation where a consensus exists that a question is illegitimate".c2 In other words, "just as question acceptance, theory acceptance too seems to allow for three values: (clearly) accepted; (clearly) unaccepted; no consensus".c3 Thus, a new question was suggested concerning the binary character of epistemic stances: "are all epistemic stances binary, or do they allow for more than two values?"c4||1 November 2018|
In Scientonomy community, the accepted definition of the term is Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018). It is defined as: "A question is said to be accepted if it is taken as a legitimate topic of inquiry."
Question Acceptance refers to one of the two stances that epistemic communities can take towards questions, with the opposite stance being unacceptance. A question is said to be accepted by an epistemic community if and only if said epistemic community takes the question to be a legitimate topic of inquiry. Read More
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