Subtypes of Normative Theory

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What are the subtypes of a normative theory?

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Zoe Sebastien in 2015. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. The subtype of Normative Theory currently accepted in Scientonomy is:

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of this question (it includes all the instances when the question was accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by a community):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016Subtypes of Normative Theory became accepted by virtue of the acceptance of Normative Theory. It was acknowledged as an open question by the Scientonomy Seminar 2015.Yes

All Theories

The following answers have been added to this encyclopedia:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Method Is a Subtype of Normative Theory (Barseghyan-2018)Method is a subtype of Normative Theory, i.e. normative theory is a supertype of method.2018
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Accepted Theories

The following theories have been accepted as answers to this question:
CommunityTheoryAccepted FromAccepted Until
ScientonomyMethod Is a Subtype of Normative Theory (Barseghyan-2018)1 September 2019

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this topic:
Modification Community Date Suggested Summary Verdict Verdict Rationale Date Assessed
Sciento-2018-0006 Scientonomy 8 October 2018 Accept the new ontology of epistemic elements with, theories and questions are the two basic epistemic elements where and each theory is an attempt to answer a certain question, theories can be of three types – descriptive, normative, or definitions, and methods are a subtype of normative theory. Accepted Following a series of off-line discussions, a consensus emerged concerning this modification: it was agreed that the modification is to be accepted.c1 It was mentioned that most of the elements of this new ontology "has already been accepted by the scientonomic community".c2 It was also stressed that "the consensus has been manifested on several occasions, including the first scientonomy conference in May 2019 in Toronto, where several of the presenters treated this new ontology as accepted."c3 The fact that the consensus concerning this modification has been achieved primarily off-line, i.e. outside of the discussion pages of this encyclopedia suggests that the scientonomic "workflow must have a way of accommodating these discussions".c4 1 September 2019

Current View

In Scientonomy, the accepted subtype of Normative Theory is:

Method Is a Subtype of Normative Theory (Barseghyan-2018) states: "Method is a subtype of Normative Theory, i.e. normative theory is a supertype of method."

According to Barseghyan's 2018 redrafted ontology, methods are a species of normative theories.1

Related Topics


  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2018) Redrafting the Ontology of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 2, 13-38. Retrieved from