Working Paper 1/2010: Wissen und soziale Ordnung - eine Kritik der Wissensgesellschaft. Mit einem Kommentar von Stefan Beck
The concept of knowledge society has been invented by the social sciences in order to describe perspectives of modern societies. Nowadays the concept circulates increasingly in the political, educational, and economical field and in the media and has already crossed-over the geographical boundaries to which it had been applied first. Taking knowledge society as a representation serving to interpret and shape social practice, the paper outlines from an interdisciplinary perspective academic debates on the concepts and on notions of knowledge. The paper argues that certain paradigms of social progress and of science as inherent in knowledge society prevent “users” of the concept from considering contesting notions of knowledge, increasing forms of incoherent knowledge, and the accelerating devaluation of knowledge.
Christiane Reinecke , Jörg Feuchter , Regina Finsterhölzl , Andrea Fischer-Tahir , Friedhelm Hoffmann , Simone Holzwarth , Maren Klotz , Michi Knecht , Veronica Oelsner , Nurhak Polat , Reet Tamme , Johan Grußendorf