Employed Method (Barseghyan-2015)

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A definition of Employed Method that states "A method is said to be employed at time t if, at time t, theories become accepted only when their acceptance is permitted by the method."

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This definition of Employed Method was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1

History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Employed Method (Barseghyan-2015):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016The definition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.No28 November 2017The definition became rejected as a result of the acceptance of the new definition by Patton, Overgaard, and Barseghyan. For details, refer to the modification.

Suggestions To Reject

These are all the modifications where the rejection of the theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2017-0004Scientonomy5 February 2017Accept the reformulation of the second law which explicitly links theory assessment outcomes with theory acceptance/unacceptance. To that end, accept three new definitions for theory assessment outcomes (satisfied, not satisfied, and inconclusive) as well as the new ontology of theory assessment outcomes, and accept the new definition of employed method.AcceptedThe new formulation of the law became accepted as a result of a communal consensus. It was noted by the commentators that the "modification provides a much improved formulation of the 2nd law".c1 It was noted that the new formulation "decouples the method from acceptance outcomes" and "is needed to avoid a contradiction for cases where assessment by the method is inconclusive, but the theory is accepted".c2 It was agreed that the new law eliminates two of the major flaws of the previous formulation. First, it clearly states the relations between different assessment outcomes and the actual theory acceptance/unacceptance. Second, it clearly forbids certain conceivable courses of events and, thus, doesn't sounds like a tautology.c329 November 2017

Question Answered

Employed Method (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is employed method? How should it be defined?

See Employed Method for more details.

Description

A method is said to be employed at time t if, at time t, theories became accepted only when their acceptance is permitted by the method. 1p. 53 The second law of theory acceptance is a direct consequence of employed method as it is defined.

References

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

Contributors

Jacob MacKinnon (21.3%), Hakob Barseghyan (34.6%), Jacqueline Sereda (44.2%)