The author argues that though it is impossible to know whether a theoretical claim
is epistemically objective or not, it may be accepted as plausible when it is felt to be in some accordance with “the given”—
empirical findings, subjective/intersubjective ideas, thoughts and feelings, and the opinions of and cultural categories used by
others. Processes of resistance and accommodation occur during research as well as within scientific communities, enhancing
the plausibility of certain theoretical claims over others. Accepted theories feed back into the research process as well as its
subject matter, thereby affecting subjective/intersubjective judgments of plausibility. Openness, honesty, and responsibility are
particularly important in the evaluation of the plausibility of theoretical claims.