Tool Reliance

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What is tool reliance? How should it be defined?

The term tool reliance is intended to refer to the relationship that obtains between epistemic agents and their epistemic tools. A proper scientonomic definition of the term is needed.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Paul Patton in 2019.

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Our records state that this term has never been accepted by any community.

All Theories

The following definitions of the term have been suggested:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Tool Reliance (Patton-2019)An epistemic agent is said to rely on an epistemic tool iff there is a procedure through which the tool can provide an acceptable source of knowledge for answering some question under the employed method of that agent.2019
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Accepted Theories

According to our records, no definition of the term has ever been accepted.

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this term:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2019-0018Scientonomy26 December 2019Accept that the relationship of tool reliance can obtain between epistemic agents and epistemic tools. Also accept the definition of tool reliance, which states that an epistemic agent is said to rely on an epistemic tool when there is a procedure through which the tool can provide an acceptable source of knowledge for answering some question under the employed method of that agent.Open

Current Definition

There is currently no accepted definition of the term.

Ontology

Existence

There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of tool reliances.

Disjointness

No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.

Subtypes

No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of a tool reliance.

Supertypes

No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of a tool reliance.

Associations

No associations of a tool reliance are currently accepted.


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Dynamics

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