Theory Acceptance (Barseghyan-2018)

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A definition of Theory Acceptance that states "A theory is said to be accepted by an epistemic agent if it is taken as the best available answer to its respective question."

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This definition of Theory Acceptance was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2018.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.

History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Theory Acceptance (Barseghyan-2018):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 September 2019The definition became accepted as a result of the acceptance of the respective suggested modification.Yes

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0006Scientonomy8 October 2018Accept 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.AcceptedFollowing 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".c41 September 2019

Question Answered

Theory Acceptance (Barseghyan-2018) is an attempt to answer the following question: What does it mean to say that a theory is accepted? How should theory acceptance be defined?

See Theory Acceptance for more details.

Description

This definition of the term makes it possible to apply the notion of theory acceptance to any subtype of theory. Unlike the previous definitions of the term, it doesn't imply any specific subtypes of theory, but explicitly states the relation between theories and questions they attempt to answer.

References

  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2018) Redrafting the Ontology of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 2, 13-38. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/31032.

Contributors

Hakob Barseghyan (100.0%)