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Title: Towards the knowledge democracy? Knowledge production and the civic role of the university
Authors: Biesta, G J J
Contact Email: gert.biesta@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: democracy
difference
Education
epistemology
Higher education
IDEAS
knowledge
Knowledge production
language
LEAVES
PLACE
Play
Research
Role
SCIENTIFIC knowledge
SOCIETIES
Society
SOCIOLOGY
TERMS
universities
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Biesta GJJ (2007) Towards the knowledge democracy? Knowledge production and the civic role of the university, Studies in Philosophy and Education, 26 (5), pp. 467-479.
Abstract: In this paper I ask whether the University has a special role to play in democratic societies. I argue that the modern University can no longer lay claim to a research monopoly since nowadays research is conducted in many places outside of the University. The University can, however, still lay claim to a kind of knowledge monopoly which has to with the central role Universities play in the definition of what counts as scientific knowledge. The problem is, however, that the University's knowledge monopoly is predominantly understood in epistemological terms. This leaves only one role for the University in a democratic society, viz., that of the expert. Based on ideas from John Dewey and Bruno Latour I suggest a different way to understand the distinction between 'scientific' and 'everyday' knowledge. Against this background I argue that the University can contribute towards the democratisation of knowledge if it articulates the difference between scientific and everyday knowledge in non- epistemological termsReprinted by permission of Springer
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/7524
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11217-007-9056-0
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