Steve Fuller poses an inevitable question for this series on interdisciplinarity. He answers this question by providing an account of the proprietary and path-dependent nature of social science disciplines. One aspect of a potential solution, related to an earlier Items post by Jacobs, is to be more purposeful in the design of the criteria for research funding competitions so that scholars are able to demonstrate reading and influence across fields.
Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Originally trained in history and philosophy of science, he is the author of more than twenty books. Fuller’s most recent work has been concerned with the future of humanity (or ‘Humanity 2.0’) and the future of the university. His latest books are Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History (Routledge, 2015) and The Academic Caesar (Sage, 2016).