Provided that the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic communities is accepted, accept that a non-epistemic community can consist of epistemic communities.
The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Nicholas Overgaard on 19 May 2017.1 This modification presupposes the acceptance of Sciento-2017-0013 and Sciento-2017-0014. The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.
Once the distinction between epistemic and non-epistemic communities becomes accepted, we have to inquire as to whether an epistemic community can be the sub-community of a non-epistemic community. There are cases that suggest that this might be so. Consider, for instance the community of Google. It can be argued that Google is a non-epistemic community, since it lacks a collective intentionality to know the world. Instead, its collective intentionality is to maximize profit. Yet, as an innovative company Google has many research and development teams trying to improve their understanding of Internet technologies, as well as marketing teams aiming at advancing their knowledge of how to reach consumers. In this sense, Google’s research and development or marketing teams can be considered epistemic communities as they have a collective intentionality to better know some element of the world. Thus, it appears as though epistemic communities can be part of non-epistemic communities such as Google.
Theories To Accept
- Epistemic Community Can be Part of Non-Epistemic Community (Overgaard-2017): A non-epistemic community can consist of epistemic communities.
This modification attempts to answer the following question(s):
- Epistemic Community as Part of Non-Epistemic Community: Can an epistemic community be the sub-community of a non-epistemic community?
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- Overgaard, Nicholas. (2017) A Taxonomy for the Social Agents of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 1, 55-62. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/28234.