Compatibility Criteria

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What is compatibility criteria? How should it be defined?

It is necessary to define compatibility criteria in order to understand the method of any scientific community. The definition of method suggests that it can consist of different criteria for theory assessment. The question is how compatibility criteria are different from other criteria of theory evaluation. Thus, it is a key concept in current Scientonomy.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Compatibility Criteria (Barseghyan-2015) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. Compatibility Criteria (Barseghyan-2015) states "Criteria for determining whether two theories are compatible or incompatible."


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Compatibility Criteria (Barseghyan-2015)Criteria for determining whether two theories are compatible or incompatible.2015
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Current View

In Scientonomy community, the accepted definition of the term is Compatibility Criteria (Barseghyan-2015). It is defined as: "Criteria for determining whether two theories are compatible or incompatible."

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After a community has satisfied both demarcation criteria and acceptance criteria, the community in question must properly define compatibility criteria so as to determine whether two theories are mutually compatible or incompatible. If two incompatible theories are employed for the same domain at the same time, the logic law of noncontradiction would be violated. However, the compatibility criteria may turn out to be changeable and may need not necessarily coincide with the logical law of noncontradiction. 1p. 13 Thus, a proper definition of compatibility criteria is of great importance in order to explicate any method. Read More

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  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.


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