Expediting Inquiry: Peirce's Social Economy of Research
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 54, no.2 (2018): 208-30
14 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2018
Date Written: 2018
If we look at Peirce’s thoughts on the economy of research in isolation, we risk missing their full implications; while if we look at them in the context of Peirce’s philosophical work more generally, we will soon discover such a dense mesh of interconnections with his ideas about truth and reality, perception, logic, the language of science, cooperation in inquiry, fallibilism, the role of doubt and of the desire to discover the truth, and so on, that we risk losing focus.
Haack takes the second, steeper but potentially more rewarding route. So her paper begins with Peirce’s relatively brief observations about the economy of research (§1); then goes on to locate this work on the much larger map of his thoughts about the factors that advance inquiry, and those that impede or block it (§2), and to suggest how all this relates to his ideas about the intergenerational community of inquirers (§3). Finally, by way of conclusion, she turns to the relevance of these ideas of Peirce’s to the perverse incentives so pervasive in today’s academy (§4).
Keywords: C.S. Peirce, Economy of Research, Theory of Inquiry, Truth, Incentives, Administration of Universities
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