Information, Power, and Democracy: Liberty is a Daughter of Knowledge

Information, Power, and Democracy: Liberty is a Daughter of Knowledge

by Nico Stehr


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Information, Power, and Democracy: Liberty is a Daughter of Knowledge by Nico Stehr

The link between liberty and knowledge is neither static nor simple. Until recently the mutual support between knowledge, science, democracy and emancipation was presupposed. Recently, however, the close relationship between democracy and knowledge has been viewed with skepticism. The growing societal reliance on specialized knowledge often appears to actually undermine democracy. Is it that we do not know enough, but that we know too much? What are the implications for the freedom of societies and their citizens? Does knowledge help or heed them in unraveling the complexity of new challenges? This book systematically explores the shifting dynamics of knowledge production and the implications for the conditions and practices of freedom. It considers the growth of knowledge about knowledge and the impact of an evolving media. It argues for a revised understanding of the societal role of knowledge and presents the concept of 'knowledge societies' as a major resource for liberty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107120754
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2015
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Nico Stehr is Karl Mannheim Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the European Center for Sustainability Research at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany. His recent publications include Who Owns Knowledge: Knowledge and the Law (with Bernd Weiler, 2008), Knowledge and Democracy (2008), Society: Critical Concepts in Sociology (with Reiner Grundmann, 2008), Climate and Society (with Hans von Storch, 2010), Experts: The Knowledge and Power of Expertise (with Reiner Grundmann, 2011) and The Power of Scientific Knowledge: From Research to Public Policy (with Reiner Grundmann, 2012).

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Coming to terms; 2. Accounts of the conditions for the possibility and resilience of liberty; 3. The economic order ensures (defeats) liberty; 4. Scientia est libertas; 5. The knowledge of the powerful; 6. The knowledge of the weak; Knowledge and democracy: summary and conclusions.

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