The Republic of Letters and the Origins of Scientific Knowledge Commons

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-10

GOVERNING PRIVACY AS COMMONS, M. Sanfilippo, K.J. Strandburg and B.M. Frischmann, eds; Cambridge University Press, 2020 Forthcoming

37 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2020

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Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: March 4, 2020

Abstract

The knowledge commons framework, deployed here in a review of the early network of scientific communication known as the Republic of Letters, combines a historical sensibility regarding the character of scientific research and communications with a modern approach to analyzing institutions for knowledge governance. Distinctions and intersections between public purposes and privacy interests are highlighted. Lessons from revisiting the Republic of Letters as knowledge commons may be useful in advancing contemporary discussions of Open Science.

Keywords: Republic of Letters, Enlightenment science, Royal Society, scientific communication, scholarly communication, scientific research, Open Science, privacy, commons, governance, knowledge commons

JEL Classification: D23, K11, N30, N33, N70, N73, O31, O32, O33, O34

Suggested Citation

Madison, Michael J., The Republic of Letters and the Origins of Scientific Knowledge Commons (March 4, 2020). U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-10, GOVERNING PRIVACY AS COMMONS, M. Sanfilippo, K.J. Strandburg and B.M. Frischmann, eds; Cambridge University Press, 2020 Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3548955

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