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John Aldrich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199331345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331345.001.0001

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The Value of a Discipline

The Value of a Discipline

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John H. Aldrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the value of a discipline. It argues that disciplines are necessary divisions of labor and areas of specialization in the academy. There must always be some way of dividing up the whole of the academy. It also argues that disciplines provide the basis for peer review and other means of establishing quality and merit. Peer review also provides a basis for trust. It is the peer review of a relevant scientific community that established the basis of trust beyond the relevant scientific community. That is, it is the judgment of experts, “the relevant scientific community,” that makes it possible for those outside of the discipline, whether in the college and university or, even more, beyond the walls of the academy to trust in the claims of scientific results from that discipline.

Keywords:   disciplines, division of labor, peer review, relevant scientific community, trust

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