Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 546.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2004 07:40:41 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: new places of knowledge?
In "Locality and Worldliness", Thomas Bender (NYU), commenting on the
social fix universities are now in, says the following:
>To the extent that we follow a pattern of withdrawal from the public
>culture, we become vulnerable to those simple questions that often
>enrage us: What do you do? What good is it? We err if we respond that
>"it's none of your business" or that "you would not understand," which
>amounts to the same thing. These are fair questions, and if we cannot
>answer them for our neighbors in everyday language, we should be
>Fascinating research recently reported by an international team of
>sociologists in The New Production of Knowledge (1994) argues that more
>and more knowledge will be developed outside of universities, in
>opportunistic and transdisciplinary settings. The intellectual style in
>these places is different from that associated with the university.
>Theory is much closer to the point of use than is the case of
>university-based knowledge, and that interplay, even near assimilation,
>of theory and practice may be a source of both vitality and invention.
>The process of making knowledge coincides with the process of
>dissemination, thus dissolving the old categorical distinction between
>production and popularization, theory and practice.
The essay may be found online, at http://www.acls.org/op40ben.htm.
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