Singular Authority Delegation
What is singular authority delegation? How should it be defined?
While in some cases the authority can be delegated to one expert community, in other cases the authority can be delegated to more than one community. Thus the distinction between singular and multiple authority delegations. The question here is how the notion of singular authority delegation is to be defined.1
In Scientonomy, the accepted definition of the term is:
- Epistemic agent A is said to engage in a relationship of singular authority delegation over question x iff A delegates authority over question x to exactly one epistemic agent.
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||19 May 2017||The publication of the article by Loiselle titled Multiple Authority Delegation in Art Authentication is a good indication of acceptance of the question.||Yes|
|Singular Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017)||Community A is said to engage in a relationship of singular authority delegation over topic x iff community A delegates authority over topic x to exactly one community.||2017|
|Singular Authority Delegation (Patton-2019)||Epistemic agent A is said to engage in a relationship of singular authority delegation over question x iff A delegates authority over question x to exactly one epistemic agent.||2019|
|Community||Theory||Accepted From||Accepted Until|
|Scientonomy||Singular Authority Delegation (Loiselle-2017)||23 October 2018||6 February 2023|
|Scientonomy||Singular Authority Delegation (Patton-2019)||6 February 2023|
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|Sciento-2017-0007||Scientonomy||19 May 2017||Accept the definitions of the following subtypes of authority delegation: singular authority delegation, multiple authority delegation, hierarchical authority delegation, and non-hierarchical authority delegation.||Accepted||While the notions of singular and multiple authority delegation didn't cause much controversy, the notions of hierarchical and non-hierarchical authority delegation gave rise to notable disagreement among scientonomists. As a result, the modification was in discussion for about a year and a half.c1 Eventually, a consensus emerged mostly as a result of offline (in-person) discussion meetings. It was agreed that "for decisions that are not rote and routine, it seems highly unlikely that a pre-established hierarchy of authority delegation does or could exist, nor could a pre-established belief that all authorities should be given equal weight".c2 However, it was also agreed that Loiselle's study "have identified at least one aspect of hierarchical authority delegation in epistemic communities",c3 for "there seem to be instances where some experts occupy privileged positions in the eyes of those delegating authority" and that "alone is sufficient to suggest that hierarchies of authority delegation exists, regardless of of how transient or fixed they might be".c4||23 October 2018|
|Sciento-2019-0017||Scientonomy||26 December 2019||Accept the definitions of authority delegation, and its subtypes, that generalize the currently accepted definitions to apply to all epistemic agents, rather than only communities.||Accepted||The commentators found the modification uncontroversial.c1 c2 It was noted that the modification "merely attempts to capture what is already de facto accepted - namely, the idea that authority can be delegated by and to epistemic agents of all kinds (both communal and individual)" as indicated by the "fact that the canonical examples of authority delegation often involve individual experts (see, for example, Loiselle 2017)".c3 It was agreed that the modification "introduces a necessary rewording in the definitions of authority delegation and its species".c4||6 February 2023|
Singular Authority Delegation (Patton-2019) states: "Epistemic agent A is said to engage in a relationship of singular authority delegation over question x iff A delegates authority over question x to exactly one epistemic agent."
The definition tweaks the original definition of the term by Loiselle to ensure that the relationship of singular authority delegation can obtain between epistemic agents of all types. It also substitutes question for topic, as the former is the proper scientonomic term that should be used.
There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of instances of singular authority delegation.
No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.
No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of singular authority delegation.
No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of singular authority delegation.
No associations of singular authority delegation are currently accepted.
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This term is also related to the following topic(s):
- Loiselle, Mirka. (2017) Multiple Authority Delegation in Art Authentication. Scientonomy 1, 41-53. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/28233.