Scope of Scientonomy - Social (Barseghyan-2015)

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An attempt to answer the question of Scope of Scientonomy - Individual and Social which states "It is implicit in the definition of scientonomy that it should explain changes in the scientific mosaic of accepted theories and employed methods, which are changes at the level of the scientific community. It need not account for changes at the level of the beliefs of individuals."

Scope of Scientonomy - Social was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available theory on the subject.


Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Scope of Scientonomy - Social (Barseghyan-2015):
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Scientonomy1 January 2016The theory was introduced by Barseghyan in The Laws of Scientific Change 1pp. 43-51 and became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.Yes

Question Answered

Scope of Scientonomy - Social (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: Ought a scientonomic theory account for changes in the mosaics of individual scientists, the mosaics of communities, or both?

See Scope of Scientonomy - Individual and Social for more details.


Scientonomy focuses on the scientific mosaic of accepted theories and employed methods. In their daily work, individual scientists rely on and formulate theories about the object of their research, and use methods to appraise their theories. Both the theories they believe and the criteria they use to assess them may change over time. Although historians of science have often focused on individual scientists, often those deemed great, like Galileo or Einstein, and the changes in their beliefs as they constructed and assessed theories, changes to the scientific mosaic itself happen at the level of the community. Scientonomy thus seeks to focus efforts on the social level of the scientific community rather than on the individual.


  1. a b  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.


Hakob Barseghyan (16.1%), Paul Patton (83.9%)