List of Open Questions

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Here all the open questions accepted by the community:
TopicTopic TypeQuestionFormulated Year
Accepted Methodology and Theory PursuitDescriptiveIs there any connection between an accepted methodology and the pursuit of a theory?2016
Accepted Used Pursued Distinction for MethodsDescriptiveCan we apply the accepted/used/pursued distinction to methods?2016
Accidental GroupDefinitionalWhat is accidental group? How should it be defined?2016
Applicability of Scientonomy to Theories as ModelsDescriptiveIs the theory of scientific change applicable to theories construed as sets of models, or in ways that reject their purely formal characterization?2017
Applicability of the Laws of Scientific ChangeDescriptiveTo which mosaics do the laws of scientific change apply? Do they apply only to scientific communities, to all epistemic communities, or all communities whatsoever (including non-epistemic communities)? Do these patterns emerge and exist in communities who gather together to study the world?2017
Assessment of Scientonomy - MethodNormativeWhat method ought to be employed to assess a scientonomic theory?2015
CommunityDefinitionalWhat is community? How should it be defined?2016
Conclusive Theory AssessmentDescriptiveAre there really instances of conclusive theory assessment or does every case of theory assessment involve some degree of inconclusiveness?2016
Delegation of Authority to ArtifactsDescriptiveCan there be delegation of authority to tools, instruments, other material objects, or to computer software?2016
Delegation of Authority to Past CommunitiesDescriptiveIs it possible for a community to delegate authority to a community that no longer exists? Can a community delegate authority to a past expert?2017
Deriving Methods from an Empty SetDescriptiveDoes the possibility of a method being derived from an empty set pose a problem for the current formulation of the third law? Can we conceive of a situation in which a method is derived from an empty subset?2017
Epistemic AgentsDescriptiveWho can be a bearer of a mosaic? Can a community be a bearer of a mosaic? Can an individual be a bearer of a mosaic? Can an instrument' be a bearer of a mosaic?2016
Epistemic CommunityDefinitionalWhat is epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how is it different form non-epistemic community?2016
Existence of Sub-CommunitiesDescriptiveIs there such a thing as a sub-community? Can communities consist of other communities?2017
GroupDefinitionalWhat is group? How should it be defined?2016
Hierarchical Authority DelegationDefinitionalWhat is hierarchical authority delegation? How should it be defined?2017
Historical ContextDefinitionalWhat is historical context? How should it be defined? Does it include only the content of the scientific mosaic, or does it also involve non-scientific sociocultural phenomena?2016
Implementation vs. Employment of MethodsDescriptiveIs there a difference between implementation and employment of a method? Is the mechanism of implementation the same as the mechanism of employment?2017
Indicators of InconclusivenessDescriptiveWhat indicators enable us to identify a historical case of inconclusive theory assessment?2016
Inferring Theory Assessment OutcomesDescriptiveWhat can an observational scientonomist infer about a theory's assessment outcome from the theory's acceptance/unacceptance?2017
LawDefinitionalHow should we define the term law in the scientonomic context? How is law different from theory? Do we even need law as a separate concept?2016
Methodology and MethodsDescriptiveCan a method become employed by being the deductive consequence of an already accepted methodology? How would this affect the Methodology Can Shape Methods theorem?2016
Methods Shaping Theory ConstructionDescriptiveDo our employed methods and accepted demarcation criteria influence theory construction?2016
Methods and Technical Research ToolsDescriptiveWhat is the relationship between methods and technical research tools?2016
Multiple Authority DelegationDefinitionalWhat is multiple authority delegation? How should it be defined?2017
Mutual Authority DelegationDefinitionalWhat is mutual authority delegation? How should it be defined?2016
Necessary TheoriesDescriptiveAre there theories that are necessarily part of any mosaic?2016
Non-Epistemic CommunityDefinitionalWhat is non-epistemic community? How should it be defined? I.e. how can it be differentiated from epistemic community?2016
Non-Hierarchical Authority DelegationDefinitionalWhat is non-hierarchical authority delegation? How should it be defined?2017
One-sided Authority DelegationDefinitionalWhat is one-sided authority delegation? How should it be defined?2016
Outcome Not SatisfiedDefinitionalHow should the theory assessment outcome not satisfied be defined?2017
Outcome SatisfiedDefinitionalHow should the theory assessment outcome satisfied be defined?2017
Role of Non-Social and Environmental Factors in Scientific ChangeDescriptiveIn addition to interactions between people in a community, what role do interactions between people and their natural, non-social environment have on the process of scientific change?2017
Role of Practical Considerations in Scientific ChangeDescriptiveWhat is the role of practical considerations such as financial constraints or limitations of manpower in the process of scientific change?2016
Role of Sociocultural Factors in Method EmploymentDescriptiveWhat is the role of sociocultural factors, such as economics or politics, in the process of method employment?2015
Role of Used Theories in Method EmploymentDescriptiveDoes the third law allow for methods to be deductive consequences of used theories?2017
Scientific CommunityDefinitionalWhat is scientific community? Can it be defined as more than simply “the bearer of a mosaic”?2015
Singular Authority DelegationDefinitionalWhat is singular authority delegation? How should it be defined?2017
Sociocultural FactorsDefinitionalWhat are sociocultural factors? How should they be defined?2016
Status of Disciplinary BoundariesDescriptiveHow do disciplinary boundaries exist within the scientific mosaic?2016
Status of ModelsDescriptiveWhat is the status of models in the mosaic?2016
Status of QuestionsDescriptiveWhat is the status of questions (problems, topics) in the mosaic? Are questions (problems, topics) separate entities, or can they be reduced to theories?2016
Status of Tacit TheoriesDescriptiveWhat is the status of tacit theories in the scientific mosaic? Is it possible for a community to actually accept a theory without openly formulating it?2016
Status of Technological KnowledgeDescriptiveWhat is the status of technological knowledge in the scientific mosaic? Can technological knowledge be accepted into a mosaic?2015
Tautological Status of the First LawDescriptiveIs the first law a tautology, i.e. can it in principle be violated?2016
Tautological Status of the Zeroth LawDescriptiveIs the Zeroth law a tautology?2017
Technological TheoryDefinitionalWhat is technological theory? How should it be defined?2016
The Necessity of Intercommunication for CommunityDescriptiveIf two independent communities undergo similar changes which result in identical mosaics, are these communities still considered as distinct, or are they a single community?2016
The Necessity of Language in CommunityDescriptiveIs a shared language, or propositional code, presupposed by the existence of an epistemic community?2017


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