The positive thing people try to do, that I disagree with, is make decisions/evaluations/judgments by 1) combining factors 2) by weighing/scoring 3) from different dimensions.
I need a name for this thing. Calling it the “standard view” or “the scoring-based epistemology” isn’t going to work when I need to talk about it over and over and over.
Popper debated with “justificationism” and “induction”. Those names work fine and are way better than having no name.
“justify” and “induce” are both terms used by the people Popper was debating. The names are fair and descriptive. They’re also one word long.
Multi-word names are problematic. E.g. I could name it “score system epistemology” and then call the people who do it “score system epistemologists”. That’s too long/wordy, and relying on the change in word ending on the third word sucks. People won’t always even read every letter when they think they recognize the term.
Multi-word names tend to be made by proponents. People with something in common name themselves. It’s hard to call people “the cult of the sun god” and make it stick if they don’t use the term or self-identify that way.
Multi-word names tend to sound like something the proponents actually use. If someone hears a multi-word name that he’s never used before, he’ll generally think it doesn’t apply to him. It sounds like something that you have to opt into. Like if I’d never heard of “Critical Rationalism” I wouldn’t expect that to be the name of my position. But if someone said I’m a rationalist, and I’d never heard that term but had heard of reason, I’d recognize i might be one.
I have a bunch of bad candidate names which focus on some of the key aspects. There’s more than one key aspect which is part of what makes this hard. But if I had to pick one aspect to focus on, i’d say weighing or scoring. Rather than combining, factors, or different dimensions.
So candidate names are e.g.:
Partialism. Weighingism. Dimensionalism. Conversionism. Degreeism. Analogism. Scorism. Scoringism. Pointsism. Continuumism. Spectrumism. Compromising.
My current best name is weighism. Then I can talk about weighists. At least it’s not taken.
Please help cuz I don’t think weighism is very good.
It doesn’t have to be an “ism” necessarily but I don’t know how else to do it. I want to be able to easily refer to 1) the school of thought 2) people who agree with it.
I think getting it down to one clear sentence is good but I can’t repeat that everywhere and be like “so the approach of judging by combining weighted factors from different dimensions is bad because…”
Please share your brainstorming/suggestions, including bad or dumb suggestions.