Cognitive Justice in a Global World: Prudent Knowledges for a Decent Life

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Lexington Books, 2007 - Law - 446 pages
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Cognitive Justice in a Global World: Prudent Knowledges for a Decent Life is an edited collection that springs from the now dormant debates known as 'The Science Wars, ' which questioned the nature of scientific theories. Learning from the debates about the plurality of truths and opinions, editor Boaventura de Sousa Santos has realized an opportunity for strengthening the relations between the natural and social sciences with more epistemological affinities and for opening up new transnational dialogues between scientists and other producers of knowledge. This book analyses in detail some of the topics that amount to a set of problematic relations between science and ethics; between objectivity and neutrality; between the sociological and theoretical condition of production and the limits of scientific rigor; between public faith in science and the economic powers that determine scientific priorities; and between science and other kinds of knowledge existing in society. Maintaining that global social injustice is by and large epistemological injustice and that there can be no global social justice without global cognitive justice, Cognitive Justice in a Global World is an important collection for higher-level students and researchers in the social sciences, philosophy of science, and intellectual history

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Santos' describes the consequences of misrepresentation and an 'epistemology of blindness'. An impressive book!

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A Discourse on the Sciences
Neither Truce nor Surrender Are the Sciences Wars Over?
Pathways to Cosmopolitan Knowledges In the Aftermath of the Discourse on the Sciences
Science Wars Whither the Two Cultures
On Wars and Revolutions
Authorizing Knowledge in Science and Anthropology
The Structures of Knowledge or How Many Ways May We Know?
The Rhetoric of Science in Darwins On the Origins of Species
Science on the Edge Some Reproductive Biology Paradigms
Global Cognitive Justice Reconstructing Knowledges and World Making
Actors Networks and New Knowledge Producers Social Movements and the Paradigmatic Transition in the Sciences
Reconstructing Unruly Ecological Complexity Science Interpretation and Critical Reflective Practice
The Demise of Critical Theory in Economics
An Invitation to a Science War
Subjects or Objects of Knowledge? International Consultancy and the Production of Knowledge

Beyond the Great Divide Becoming Civilized?
The Self Psychoanalysis and Epistemology A Dialogue
Complex Creative and Situated Interrogations Science in Action
Science and Human WellBeing Toward a New Way of Structuring Scientific Activity
Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in the Research on the Foundations of Quantum Physics E P Wigners Case
The Splendors and Miseries of Science Coloniality Geopolitics of Knowledge and Epistemic Pluriversality
Beyond Eurocentrism Systematic Knowledge in a Tropical Context A Manifesto
From an Epistemology of Blindness to an Epistemology of Seeing
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Boaventura de Sousa Santos is professor of sociology at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra (Portugal) and distinguished legal scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

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