Theory Acceptance (Fraser-Sarwar-2018)

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A definition of Theory Acceptance that states "An accepted theory is a scientific theory that is taken as the best available description or prescription of its object."

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This definition of Theory Acceptance was formulated by Patrick Fraser and Ameer Sarwar in 2018.1


Acceptance Record

This theory has never been accepted.

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0019Scientonomy28 January 2018Accept the new definition of theory acceptance which makes explicit that accepted theories are a subset of scientific theories.Open

Question Answered

Theory Acceptance (Fraser-Sarwar-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.


This definition of theory acceptance makes it explicit that any accepted theory is a scientific theory. It assumes that the question of whether a theory is accepted is meaningless without the theory being scientific. The point here is that no scientist would ask whether they should accept a theory without believing, if only implicitly, that the theory is indeed scientific. Since only scientific theories have the potential to become accepted, and because only some of these do in fact become accepted, it follows that all of the accepted theories are scientific.


  1. ^  Fraser, Patrick and Sarwar, Ameer. (2018) A Compatibility Law and the Classification of Theory Change. Scientonomy 2, 67-82. Retrieved from