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Cursus: FTR-FIPPSB309
Knowledge and expertise in the contemporary knowlegde society
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Studiepunten (ECTS)5
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. P.C. Lemmens
Overige cursussen docent
dr. P.C. Lemmens
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. P.C. Lemmens
Overige cursussen docent
SEM2  (30-01-2023 t/m 03-09-2023)
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
After following this course, you will be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding about 1) the various conceptions and criticisms of what is called the knowledge society from different philosophical and politico-economic perspectives, 2) the constitutive role of technology in knowledge production and the impact of new digital network technologies on the evolution of the knowledge society;
  • analyze and evaluate the effects of digitalization on knowledge production and distribution;
  • identify and critically reflect on the challenges posed by the new emerging planetary condition called the Anthropocene from the perspective of the knowledge society and digitalization;
  • formulate arguments in favor and against various conceptions of the knowledge society and views on the impact of new digital network technologies on knowledge production and distribution;
  • apply your knowledge about the knowledge society, digitalization and expertise to current societal debates.
In 1979, Jean-François Lyotard published The Postmodern Condition, a famous report on the condition of knowledge in highly developed societies. Since then, the overall trends Lyotard discerned and described, regarding the production and use of knowledge and expertise in contemporary ‘knowledge societies’, have only intensified. These trends maybe be briefly characterized in terms of loss of legitimation, economization and technologization. Having lost its traditional legitimation through grand narratives of progress, the scientific enterprise seems now to be a mere servant of the growth of technological power and efficiency and the optimization of the functioning of global techno-economic systems, where knowledge production is summoned to serve the imperative of ‘innovation’, disregarding any finality beyond the increase in power. Furthermore, knowledge has become the principal factor of production and thus a crucial commodity, implying an increased emphasis on its exchange value to the detriment of its use value or intrinsic value and substituting the scientific criterion of ‘truth’ for the technological one of ‘efficiency’. Finally, the global implementation of digital and networked information and communication technologies has completely transformed the conditions under which knowledge is produced, transmitted and elaborated. The change has also profoundly affected educational procedures as well as the relation of knowledge institutions such as the university with the society at large.
In this course we will look at the ways in which these trends have been developing over the last four decades, with a specific focus on what the new digital condition implies for research, education and expertise in science and for scientific rationality as such, addressing both its problematic disruptive nature, particularly as tied to both a collapsing politico-economic order and a faltering Earth System, and its potentials for a new epistemic and economic regime capable of dealing with the emerging planetary crisis. In so doing it will provide a critical perspective, informed by the most recent philosophical literature on the relation between science, economy and society, on both the politico-economic as well as the (info-)technological backdrop of the scientific enterprise and the science-society nexus in the 21st century

Introductory knowledge philosophy
Final essay and in-class presentations
This course is part of a module of three courses in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. You can only take this course if you also take the two associated courses during the same semester. If you want to register for the three courses in this module, you must FIRST register for the module itself via the 'Minor' tab in Osiris, and THEN register for the courses themselves. For an overview of modules and their associated courses, see the course guides on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.
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GelegenhedenBlok SEM2, Blok SEM2

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