Theory Acceptance (Barseghyan-2018)

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A definition of Theory Acceptance that states "A theory is said to be accepted by an epistemic agent if it is taken as the best available answer to its respective question."

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This definition of Theory Acceptance was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan 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-2018-0006Scientonomy8 October 2018Accept the new ontology of epistemic elements with, theories and questions are the two basic epistemic elements where and each theory is an attempt to answer a certain question, theories can be of three types – descriptive, normative, or definitions, and methods are a subtype of normative theory.Open

Question Answered

Theory Acceptance (Barseghyan-2018) is an attempt to answer the following question: What does it mean to say that a theory is accepted? How should theory acceptance be defined?

See Theory Acceptance for more details.


This definition of the term makes it possible to apply the notion of theory acceptance to any subtype of theory. Unlike the previous definitions of the term, it doesn't imply any specific subtypes of theory, but explicitly states the relation between theories and questions they attempt to answer.


  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2018) Redrafting the Ontology of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 2, 13-38. Retrieved from


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