Some philosophical & sociological issues about present science: from the privatization of science to the production of ignorance
Eduard Aibar – Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Arts & Humanities Department, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
This seminar will present some basic points of the recent view of science produced by fields like the philosophy of science, the sociology of science and the history of science. We will highlight the strong contrast between this view and the traditional view of science – still dominant in many areas of society – particularly around matters like the scientific method, the evolution of science and the role of controversies. We will also discuss a few important phenomena of contemporary science: the productivist view of research evaluation, the privatization of scientific knowledge and, finally, agnotology – the systematic production of ignorance.
Eduard Aibar is professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Arts & Humanities Department, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He has been the director of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and former vice-president for research at UOC. He is currently leading a research group on Open Science and Innovation. His research has focused on the interaction between scientific and technological development and organizational and social change in areas such as eGovernment, town planning and the Internet. He has recently led two research projects on Wikipedia and the public communication of science.
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