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On the Epistemic Effects of Envy in Academia

Romero, Felipe (2022) On the Epistemic Effects of Envy in Academia. [Preprint]

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Envy is pervasive in academia. What are its epistemic effects? I present a characterization of envy that captures some of its essential features according to the philosophical literature. I use this characterization to illustrate a classic argument that views envy as collectively disadvantageous. Then, based on insights from the social epistemology of science, I evaluate this argument in the context of academic research. I argue that given the nature of epistemic goods, the best strategies available to the envious academic typically lead to collective epistemic benefits. I conclude by presenting a challenge for the design of epistemic institutions: it is difficult to restructure institutions to reduce envy without severe epistemic drawbacks.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Romero, Felipecarlosfeliperomero@gmail.com0000-0002-0858-7243
Keywords: envy, academia, social epistemology, social epistemology of science
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Felipe Romero
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2022 18:40
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2022 18:40
Item ID: 20441
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20441

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