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Sustainable Knowledge: A Theory of Interdisciplinarity (Palgrave Pivot) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Frodeman
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What is the future of the university? The modern university system, created in the late 19th century and developed across the 20th century, was built upon the notion of disciplinarity. Today the social, epistemological, and technological conditions that supported the disciplinary pursuit of knowledge are coming to an end. Knowledge production has itself become unsustainable: we are drowning in knowledge even as new PhDs cannot find work. Sustainable Knowledge explores these questions and offers a new account of what is at stake in talk about 'interdisciplinarity'.

Sustainable Knowledge develops two themes. First, it offers an account of contemporary knowledge production in terms of the concepts of disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, and sustainability. Second, it reconceives the role of philosophy and the humanities both within the academy and across society. It argues that philosophy and the humanities must reinvent themselves, taking on the Socratic task of providing a historical and philosophical critique of society.

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About the Author

Robert Frodeman is founding Director of the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity at the University of North Texas, US. His research interests include philosophy and public policy, interdisciplinarity and environmental ethics. He is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity.

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  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1137303018
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot (December 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G99Z3N0
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book April 2, 2014
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This book is a good reading to understand why our current management of knowledge production and dissemination is unsustainable. The book points out some drawbacks that are not often discussed in the academic community, like the connection between current disciplinary work and the "peer review" tradition. Discussion of current disciplinary work and its unsustainability is quite convincing. Discussion of what is interdisciplinarity and how/why it is sustainable is not so sharp, or at least it is not as sharp as the book title suggests, but it may be as sharp as possible at this early stage of such a huge paradigm shift. And some interesting points are raised, like the enhanced role to be played by (interdisciplinary) philosophy in the new framework for knowledge administration. In summary, it is a valid contribution to a timely debate.
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