Mirkin (2018)

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Mirkin, Maxim. (2018) The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic. Scientonomy 2, 39-53. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/29645.

Title The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic
Resource Type journal article
Author(s) Maxim Mirkin
Year 2018
URL https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/29645
Journal Scientonomy
Volume 2
Pages 39-53

Abstract

In this paper, I argue that there is accepted propositional technological knowledge which appears to exhibit the same patterns of change as questions, theories, and methods in the natural, social, and formal sciences. I show that technological theories attempting to describe the construction and operation of artifacts as well as to prescribe their correct mode of operation are not merely used, but also often accepted by epistemic agents. Since technology often involves methods different from those found in science and produces normative propositions, many of which remain tacit, one may be tempted to think that changes in technological knowledge should be somehow exempt from the laws of scientific change. Indeed, it seems tacitly accepted in the scientonomic community that, while scientific communities clearly accept theories, technological communities merely use them. As a result, scientonomy currently deals with natural, social, and formal sciences, and the status of technological knowledge within the scientonomic ontology remains unclear. To help elucidate the topic, I propose that the historical cases of sorting algorithms, telescopes, crop rotation, and colorectal cancer surgeries confirm that technological theories and methods are often an integral part of an epistemic agent’s mosaic and seem to exhibit the same scientonomic patterns of change typical of accepted theories therein. Thus, I suggest that propositional technological knowledge can be part of a mosaic.

Theories

Here are all the theories formulated in Mirkin (2018):
TheoryTypeFormulationFormulated In
Explicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)DefinitionPropositional knowledge that has been openly formulated by the agent.2018
Implicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)DefinitionNot explicit.2018
Explicable-Implicit (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)DefinitionPropositional knowledge that hasn’t been openly formulated by the agent.2018
Inexplicable (Mirkin-Barseghyan-2018)DefinitionNon-propositional knowledge, i.e. knowledge that cannot, even in principle, be formulated as a set of propositions.2018
Technological Knowledge as Part of Mosaic (Mirkin-2018)DescriptivePropositional technological knowledge can be accepted and be part of a mosaic2018

Suggested Modifications

Here are all the modifications suggested in Mirkin (2018):

  • Sciento-2018-0011: Accept the three-fold distinction between explicit, explicable-implicit, and inexplicable. The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Maxim Mirkin and Hakob Barseghyan on 28 December 2018.1 The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.
  • Sciento-2018-0012: Accept that propositional technological knowledge – i.e. technological questions, theories, and methods – can be part of a mosaic. The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Maxim Mirkin on 28 December 2018.1 The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.

References

  1. a b  Mirkin, Maxim. (2018) The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic. Scientonomy 2, 39-53. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/29645.

Contributors

Hakob Barseghyan (100.0%)