Scope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015)

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An attempt to answer the question of Scope of Scientonomy which states "Scientonomy ought to explain changes in a scientific mosaic, including changes from one accepted theory to the next and one employed method to the next."

Scope of Scientonomy was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available theory on the subject.


Note that at the time of this stipulation, the name "scientonomy" was not in use. Thus, this original stipulation of the scope of scientonomy talks about "TSC" as opposed to "scientonomy".

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Scope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016The theory was introduced by Barseghyan in The Laws of Scientific Change pp. 3-80 and became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.Yes

Question Answered

Scope of Scientonomy (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: What types of phenomena should a scientonomic theory account for?

See Scope of Scientonomy for more details.


According to Barseghyan's initial stipulation, a scientonomic theory should:

  • be a descriptive theory that explain changes in a scientific mosaic and not to prescribe any methods of theory appraisal (i.e. it should not be confused with normative methodologies);
  • explain how theories become accepted as opposed to explaining how theories are constructed (generated), what makes them useful or pursuit-worthy.
  • focus on changes at the community level and not those in individual belief systems (although an actual TSC may turn out to be applicable to changes at the individual level);
  • account for each and every change in a mosaic, regardless of its time period, scientific field, or scale.


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