Knowledge Compromise(d)? Ways and values of coproduction in academia

Forskningsoutput: AvhandlingDoktorsavhandling (monografi)


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Knowledge can be many things; it can be metaphysical, enhancing the understanding of human beings and social relations. It can be hard facts, information, structure and ordering of nature. Knowledge can be inherent in the knowing subject – the emancipated subject, or it can exist as an entity independent of its founder. An apposite metaphor is knowledge as an end in itself or knowledge as a means to an end, do we learn for the joy of knowing or to we learn in order to manipulate an object or phenomenon? This fundamental distinction gives structure to an account of university-society relations from the middle age and up to today. Contemporary knowledge production, it is argued, favours knowledge as a means to an end. The effects may be devastating for any piece of academic knowledge, which cannot prove its immediate value in monetary terms. Academic knowledge needs to be recognised in all its variety in order for the university to remain a trustworthy institution, capable of contributing solutions to the pressing problems of our time.


  • Josefine Fischer
Enheter & grupper

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap


Tilldelande institution
Handledare/Biträdande handledare
Tilldelningsdatum2015 nov 20
  • Lund University (Media-Tryck)
Tryckta ISBN978-91-7623-542-3
Elektroniska ISBN978-91-7623-543-0
StatusPublished - 2015


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