Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018)

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A definition of Question Acceptance that states "A question is said to be accepted if it is taken as a legitimate topic of inquiry."

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This definition of Question Acceptance was formulated by William Rawleigh in 2018.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.


Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018):
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Scientonomy1 November 2018The definition became accepted as a result of the acceptance of the respective suggested modification.Yes

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0003Scientonomy12 May 2018Accept 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".AcceptedIt 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?"c41 November 2018

Question Answered

Question Acceptance (Rawleigh-2018) is an attempt to answer the following question: What does it mean to say that a question is accepted? How should question acceptance be defined?

See Question Acceptance for more details.


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.


  1. ^  Rawleigh, William. (2018) The Status of Questions in the Ontology of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 2, 1-12. Retrieved from