Dorniok, Daniel (2013) What is ignorance? : a chronological overview of the discourse on ignorance in a historical context. xxx. (Unpublished)

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Knowledge and the intensive use of knowledge are usually assigned positive attributes in science and practice and are considered instruments that can open up possibilities and guarantee economic and social success. Knowledge has been the object of extensive research for a very long time, whereas the absence of knowledge, which is commonly understood as ignorance, has so far been largely neglected and therefore hardly explored and discussed. The relationship of knowledge and ignorance in modern society is perceived to be a paradoxical one, in the sense that the increase of knowledge means an increase in what is unknown (e.g., Smithson, 1989; Willke, 1996 p. 27f). Thus, the ‘knowledge society’ becomes a ‘knowledge-and-ignorance society’ (cf. e.g., Smithson, 1989). This paradoxical condition seems to make it necessary to also study ignorance and the circumstances under which it comes into existence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge Ignorance Historical Context Consequences
Subjects: Philosophy and psychology
Social sciences
Divisions: School of Computing Science, Business Administration, Economics and Law > Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 09:47
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 10:35
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-18660

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