The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #13/2011

Dogmatism and the Knowledge Industry: More Accurately Assessing the Work of Gifted Scholars

Bharath Sriraman, The University of Montana


Abstract

In this chapter I address the tension between the objectivity of knowledge embodied in academic citation indexes, impact factors and other bibliometric measures in vogue today and used by the Knowledge industry, with the subjectivity inherent in the review, selection, publication and eventual propagation of ideas in scholarly articles in journals, books and other peer reviewed outlets. Kant's anti-thesis of dogmatism and criticism is used to explain the fallibility of the Knowledge industry, and the need to move towards a more critical stance on the objectivity of bibliometric measures.

Keywords: Bibliometrics; Dogmatism; Kant; Latour; Philosophy of Knowledge

AMS Subject Classification: n/a

Abstract of chapter to appear in D. Ambrose, R. Sternberg, B. Sriraman (Eds). Confronting Dogmatism in Gifted Education, Routledge, Taylor & Francis. Pre-print not made available due to publisher policy.