Delegation of Authority to Past Communities

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Is it possible for a community to delegate authority to a community that no longer exists? Can a community delegate authority to a past expert?

Can there be such a thing as delegation of authority to an historical community or figure? For example, delegation of authority to Viturvius during the Renaissance. Is it conceivable for a community to delegate not only to the known works of an individual, but to the entire body of work, including texts not yet known? This differs from delegation of authority to divine revelation or a religious text, which is interpreted as the word of God, rather than the word of authority.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Nicholas Overgaard, Hakob Barseghyan, Markus Alliksaar and Paul Patton in 2017. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the question has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.

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Scientonomy10 February 2017It was acknowledged as an open question in Scientonomy Seminar 2017.Yes

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Hakob Barseghyan (18.6%), Jacob MacKinnon (81.4%)