Pursuit as Acceptance
Is the category of theory pursuit really distinct from that of theory acceptance?
When a theory is said to be pursued by a community, can its status actually be better understood by instead invoking the concept of theory acceptance? For example, can pursuit be said to consist of the acceptance of some subset of the propositions that constitute the theory? or of some encompassing meta-theory? Can pursuit be understood in terms of a temporally extended process of theory acceptance, in which different propositions constituting the theory are accepted at different times? Can pursuit be understood as the acceptance of a theory by a particular laboratory or research group, who than seek its acceptance by the broader community? Could the concept of theory pursuit be eliminated in favour of such alternative conceptions?
This question is to be understood as related to, but distinct from that of Pursuit and Acceptance. This question accepts pursuit as a distinct category and instead asks what is the relationship between a theory's pursuit and its eventual acceptance or unacceptance.
In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Calahan Janik-Jones in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Pursuit as Distinct from Acceptance (Barseghyan-2015) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available theory on the subject. Pursuit as Distinct from Acceptance (Barseghyan-2015) states "Pursuit is a distinct epistemic stance that is not reducible to or expressible through acceptance."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||18 January 2018||It was acknowledged as an open question by the Scientonomy Seminar 2018.||Yes|
|Pursuit as Distinct from Acceptance (Barseghyan-2015)||Pursuit is a distinct epistemic stance that is not reducible to or expressible through acceptance.||2015|
|Community||Theory||Accepted From||Accepted Until|
|Scientonomy||Pursuit as Distinct from Acceptance (Barseghyan-2015)||1 January 2016|
In Scientonomy community, the accepted theory on the subject is Pursuit as Distinct from Acceptance (Barseghyan-2015). It states: "Pursuit is a distinct epistemic stance that is not reducible to or expressible through acceptance." As a distinct epistemic stance, theory pursuit is not reducible to acceptance. Read More
The following related topic(s) currently lack an accepted answer:
- Mechanism of Theory Pursuit: What is the mechanism of theory pursuit, if any? How do theories become pursued by communities? Is pursuit purely determined by sociocultural factors or is there an epistemic element to it as well? The topic has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.
- Pursuit and Acceptance: What is the relationship between the process of theory acceptance and that of theory pursuit? The topic has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.
This topic is a sub-topic of Epistemic Stances Towards Theories.
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