Communism and the Incentive to Share in Science

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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.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)698-716
Aantal pagina's19
TijdschriftPhilosophy of Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - okt-2017
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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