Epistemic Elements - Theories and Methods (Barseghyan-2015)
An attempt to answer the question of Epistemic Elements which states "The two classes of elements that can undergo scientific change are accepted theories (as a set of propositions that attempts to describe something) and employed methods (as a set of criteria for theory evaluation)."
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|Scientonomy||1 January 2016||This formulation was tacitly accepted together with the rest of the original TSC. It was made explicit on January 16, 2017 when Nicholas Overgaard suggested that the question of ontology of a certain field shouldn't be answered via definitions alone. See Modification_talk:Sciento-2016-0002 for details.||No||15 February 2017||The ontology became rejected when it was replaced by Epistemic Elements - Theories and Methods (Sebastien-2017).|
Suggestions To Reject
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|Sciento-2017-0002||Scientonomy||23 January 2017||Accept a new ontology of scientific change where the two fundamental elements are theories - both descriptive and normative - and methods.||Accepted||The community has agreed that after the solution of the paradox of normative propositions, there are no obstacles for including normative propositions into the ontology of scientific change.c1 c2 c3 It was also agreed that including normative propositions into the ontology of scientific change "would allow us to grasp the role that methodological and ethical rules play in science".c4||15 February 2017|
Epistemic Elements - Theories and Methods (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: What are the fundamental epistemic elements that undergo scientific change?
See Epistemic Elements for more details.
According to Barseghyan, "at any moment of time, there are certain theories and certain methods employed in theory assessment".1 Thus, theories and methods are the two types of elements that undergo scientific change; as such, they constitute the ontology of scientific change. Importantly, in this ontology, the class of theories only includes descriptive propositions; normative propositions (such as those of ethics or methodology) are left out of the ontology.
- Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.
Hakob Barseghyan (100.0%)