Tales of Research Misconduct

A Lacanian Diagnostics of Integrity Challenges in Science Novels

by Hub Zwart

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Book Description

This monograph contributes to the scientific misconduct debate from an oblique perspective, by analysing seven novels devoted to this issue, namely: Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (1925), The affair by C.P. Snow (1960), Cantor's Dilemma by Carl Djerassi (1989), Perlmann's Silence by Pascal Mercier (1995), Intuition by Allegra Goodman (2006), Solar by Ian McEwan (2010) and Derailment by Diederik Stapel (2012). Scientific misconduct, i.e. fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, but also other questionable research practices, have become a focus of concern for academic communities worldwide, but also for managers, funders and publishers of research. The aforementioned novels offer intriguing windows into integrity challenges emerging in contemporary research practices. They are analysed from a continental philosophical perspective, providing a stage where various voices, positions and modes of discourse are mutually exposed to one another, so that they critically address and question one another. They force us to start from the admission that we do not really know what misconduct is. Subsequently, by providing case histories of misconduct, they address integrity challenges not only in terms of individual deviance but also in terms of systemic crisis, due to current transformations in the ways in which knowledge is produced. Rather than functioning as moral vignettes, the author argues that misconduct novels challenge us to reconsider some of the basic conceptual building blocks of integrity discourse.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Tales of Research Misconduct ebook for free in PDF format (6.2 MB).

Book Details

Subject
Philosophy
Publisher
Springer
Published
2017
Pages
268
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783319655536
ISBN10
3319655531
ISBN13 Digital
9783319655543
ISBN10 Digital
331965554X
PDF Size
6.2 MB
License
CC BY

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