Technological Knowledge as Part of Mosaic (Mirkin-2018)

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An attempt to answer the question of Status of Technological Knowledge which states "Propositional technological knowledge can be accepted and be part of a mosaic"

Technological Knowledge as Part of Mosaic was formulated by Maxim Mirkin in 2018.1


Acceptance Record

This theory has never been accepted.

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2018-0012Scientonomy28 December 2018Accept that propositional technological knowledge – i.e. technological questions, theories, and methods – can be part of a mosaic.Open

Question Answered

Technological Knowledge as Part of Mosaic (Mirkin-2018) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is the status of technological knowledge in the scientific mosaic? Can technological knowledge be accepted into a mosaic?

See Status of Technological Knowledge for more details.


There is accepted propositional technological knowledge which appears to exhibit the same patterns of change as questions, theories, and methods in the natural, social, and formal sciences. Technological theories attempting to describe the construction and operation of artifacts as well as to prescribe their correct mode of operation are not merely used, but also often accepted by epistemic agents. Since technology often involves methods different from those found in science and produces normative propositions, many of which remain tacit, one may be tempted to think that changes in technological knowledge should be somehow exempt from the laws of scientific change. Yet, the discussion of the historical cases of sorting algorithms, telescopes, crop rotation, and colorectal cancer surgeries show that technological theories and methods are often an integral part of an epistemic agent’s mosaic and seem to exhibit the same scientonomic patterns of change typical of accepted theories therein. Thus, propositional technological knowledge can be part of a mosaic.


  1. ^  Mirkin, Maxim. (2018) The Status of Technological Knowledge in the Scientific Mosaic. Scientonomy 2, 39-53. Retrieved from


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