Shaw and Donhauser (2022)

From Encyclopedia of Scientonomy
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Shaw, Jamie and Donhauser, Justin. (2022) Historical Advances in Ecology. In Barseghyan et al. (Eds.) (2022), 223-247.

Title Historical Advances in Ecology
Resource Type collection article
Author(s) Jamie Shaw, Justin Donhauser
Year 2022
Collection Barseghyan et al. (Eds.) (2022)
Pages 223-247


The purpose of this paper is to show that historical advances in theoretical ecology do not conform to the conventional scientonomic ontology. As a result, we suggest some revisions of that ontology. We claim that three famous episodes, including the development of three kinds of models (Lotka-Volterra models, broken stick models, and exergy models), demonstrate the need for a few modifications. Specifically, they highlight the need to refine the scientonomic category of use into two distinct kinds: epistemic use and practical use. Moreover, we suggest introducing the notion of abstract theory. We go on to argue that these historical findings support the recent changes in the definition of acceptance.