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December 3, 2009

civil society and social knowledge

For a forthcoming Handbook on Civil Society, I have committed to write the article on "civil society and social knowledge." I may ask to change that title because I find, via Google, that "social knowledge" is commonly used in three ways that should not be the focus of my article for this Handbook. The phrase often means: (1) the knowledge that small children must acquire in order to be "social"; (2) the production of knowledge through social software, such as Wikipedia; or (3) the epistemological theory that knowledge is not objective but is "socially constructed" (a theory which I think is often grossly exaggerated, because facts are stubborn things).

I think the basic questions for my article should be:

December 3, 2009 9:30 AM | category: none



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