Communism and the Incentive to Share in Science
Philosophy of Science
University of Chicago Press
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Heesen, R. (2017). Communism and the Incentive to Share in Science. Philosophy of Science, 84 (4), 698-716. https://doi.org/10.1086/693875
The communist norm requires that scientists widely share the results of their work. Where did this norm come from, and how does it persist? I argue on the basis of a game-theoretic model that rational credit-maximizing scientists will in many cases conform to the norm. This means that the origins and persistence of the communist norm can be explained even in the absence of a social contract or enforcement, contrary to recent work by Michael Strevens but adding to previous work emphasizing the benefits of the incentive structure created by the priority rule.
This work was partially supported by the National Science Foundation under grant SES 1254291 and by an Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust.
Leverhulme Trust (ECF-2016-551)
Isaac Newton Trust (1608(ac))
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/693875
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