Humanist Archives: Feb. 26, 2022, 6:36 a.m. Humanist 35.555 - working with others?
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 555.
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Date: 2022-02-25 12:42:33+00:00
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: working with others
Commenting on the attitudes of the Stoics, early Christians and others,
Bertrand Russell notes in The Conquest of Happiness (1930) that,
> All these are solitary philosophies in the sense that the good is
> supposed to be something realizable in each separate person, not only in
> a larger or smaller society of persons. All such views, to my mind, are
> false, and not only in ethical theory, but as expressions of the better
> part of our instincts. Man depends upon co-operation, and has been
> provided by nature, somewhat inadequately, it is true, with the
> instinctive apparatus out of which the friendliness required for
> co-operation can spring.
The value of working with others, it seems to me, is beyond doubt.
But in what sense, 'with others'? My question is this: how does
'collaboration' in the broadest sense, including the sort that a
scholar working alone does, with others both living and dead,
play out across the disciplines? How does it vary by discipline?
By kind or phase of a project? I take it that 'collaborsation' is not
a transcendental good but is contingent on the nature of the work.
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