Communism and the Incentive to Share in Science

  title={Communism and the Incentive to Share in Science},
  author={Remco Heesen},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={698 - 716}
  • R. Heesen
  • Published 13 September 2017
  • Economics
  • Philosophy of Science
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… 
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