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What's the Point of Authors?

habgood-coote, joshua (2019) What's the Point of Authors? [Preprint]

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In this paper, I want to start to untangle some of the philosophical issues associated with our practices of ascribing authorship for collaborative work, with an eye to formulating better guidelines for authorship.

I will focus on the following questions:

1. What epistemic, social, and ethical functions are played by our practices of ascribing authorship for academic papers?

2. What ways of ascribing authorship would best address these functions? Can any one way of ascribing authorship address all of the functions?

I hope to make three contributions. First, I hope to build on established debates about authorship to offer a general framework for assessing practices of assigning authorship. Secondly, to argue that the different functions of authorship are incoherent, making different predictions about who should be an author. Thirdly, I will argue that this incoherence points in the direction of replacing the role of an author with a number of different roles which address the different functions. In the final section I will set out a proposal that does just this, which I will call the no author account of authorship.


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habgood-coote, joshuajosh.habgood-coote@bristol.ac.uk0000-0003-3427-3325
Keywords: Authorship, Collaboration, Social Epistemology, Collective Knowledge, Epistemic Injustice, Epistemology of Science
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Joshua Habgood-Coote
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 02:37
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 02:37
Item ID: 15592
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 16 January 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15592

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