Provided that the notion of authority delegation is accepted, accept the notions of mutual authority delegation and one-sided authority delegation as subtypes of authority delegation.
The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Nicholas Overgaard and Mirka Loiselle on 7 September 2016.1 This modification presupposes the acceptance of Sciento-2016-0003. The modification was accepted on 2 February 2018.
The different kinds of relationships that can exist between any two scientific communities make it necessary to distinguish between two subtypes of authority delegation: mutual and one-sided. Some scientific communities, such as physicists and biologists, delegate authority to each other over different topics. In other instances, however, a community will accept theories of another community without the latter community accepting any of the theories of the former; such is the case with philosophers and physicists, for example.
Accept the notions of mutual authority delegation and one-sided authority delegation as subtypes of authority delegation.
Theories To Accept
- Mutual Authority Delegation (Overgaard-Loiselle-2016): Communities A and B are said to be in a relationship of mutual authority delegation iff community A delegates authority over topic x to community B, and community B delegates authority over topic y to community A.
- One-sided Authority Delegation (Overgaard-Loiselle-2016): Communities A and B are said to be in a relationship of one-sided authority delegation iff community A delegates authority over topic x to community B, but community B doesn’t delegate any authority to community A.
This modification attempts to answer the following question(s):
- Mutual Authority Delegation: What is mutual authority delegation? How should it be defined?
- One-sided Authority Delegation: What is one-sided authority delegation? How should it be defined?
The modification was accepted on 2 February 2018. Following a period of discussion, it was finally agreed that "the current definitions of authority delegation, mutual authority delegation, and one-sided authority delegation, despite their problems, are currently the best available such definitions".c1 It was noted that these definitions don't take into the account the possibility of conditional authority delegation, where community A is prepared to accept the findings of another community on a certain topic only if these findings also satisfy some additional criteria imposed by community A. It was argued that there might be cases where a community's reliance on the findings of another community might be "conditional in ways that the current authority delegation definition is too restrictive to encompass".c2 The idea of conditional delegation was found pursuit-worhty.c3 It was also stressed that these definitions are only the first step towards a deeper understanding of the mechanism of authority delegation. Scientonomists were advised to pursue the idea of deducing "theorems concerning theory acceptance and method employment in delegating mosaics".c4
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- Overgaard, Nicholas and Loiselle, Mirka. (2016) Authority Delegation. Scientonomy 1, 11-18. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/27065.