Substantive Method (Barseghyan-2015)

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This is a definition of Substantive Method that states "A method which presupposes at least one contingent proposition."

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This definition of Substantive Method was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.

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Scientonomy1 January 2016The definition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.Yes

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Substantive Method (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is substantive method? How should it be defined?

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According to this definition, what separates substantive methods from procedural methods is that the former presuppose some contingent propositions about the world, such as theories from physics, chemistry, biology, social sciences, or even metaphysics. An example of a substantive method is the double-blind trial method; it presupposes several contingent propositions such as unaccounted for effects thesis, placebo effect thesis, experimenter’s bias thesis, and so on.1p. 219


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