Open Source - A Movement in Search of Its Philosophy

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Open-Source: A Movement in Search of a Philosophy. By Manuel DeLanda, presented at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 2001

Inquiry by Manuel De Landa, in 2001.



"The movement has also produced several authors who have tried to either give the movement an a priori moral philosophy, or alternatively, to distill from the actual practice of the thousands of hackers involved a pragmatic philosophy. Thus, when I say that this movement is still in search of philosophical foundations I do not mean to imply that it does not have a philosophy. It has in fact several but, in contrast to the high quality of its software products, the philosophies in question are shallow and brittle."