Modification:Sciento-2018-0013

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Accept scientificity as a distinct epistemic stance that epistemic agents can take towards theories. Also accept several questions concerning the definition of scientificity and the applicability of scientificity to other epistemic elements as legitimate topics of scientonomic inquiry.

The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Ameer Sarwar and Patrick Fraser on 28 December 2018.1 The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.

Preamble

It is currently accepted in scientonomy that epistemic agents can take three unique and independent stances towards theories, viz., acceptance, use, and pursuit. However, the history of science shows that an independent stance of scientificity (i.e., whether a theory is considered scientific or unscientific) has been taken by epistemic agents towards theories. The stance of scientificity can be taken independently of other stances, which is confirmed by numerous cases from the history of science, where a theory is considered scientific without being accepted, used, or pursued. Thus, we suggest that scientificity is a unique epistemic stance taken by epistemic agents towards theories.

Modification

Theories To Accept

Theories To Reject

Questions To Accept

  • Scientificity: What is scientificity? How should it be defined?
  • Scientificity of Methods: Can the epistemic stance of scientificity be taken towards methods? Can there be unscientific or pseudoscientific methods?
  • Scientificity of Questions: Can the epistemic stance of scientificity be taken towards questions? Can there be unscientific or pseudoscientific questions?

Questions Answered

This modification attempts to answer the following question(s):

Verdict

The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.

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References

  1. ^  Sarwar, Ameer and Fraser, Patrick. (2018) Scientificity and The Law of Theory Demarcation. Scientonomy 2, 55-66. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/31275.