Of Epistemic Covetousness in Knowledge Economies : The Not-Nothing of Social Constructionism

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serval:BIB_40478
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
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Title
Of Epistemic Covetousness in Knowledge Economies : The Not-Nothing of Social Constructionism
Journal
Social Epistemology
Author(s)
Kraus Cynthia
ISSN
0269-1728 / 1464-5297
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2005
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
19
Number
4
Pages
339-355
Language
english
Abstract
This paper seeks to inquire into the constructionist knowledge practices by further exploring the interchange outlined by philosopher Gaston Bachelard between the naive realist's conjuration of reality as a precious good in her possession and the miser's complex of savings the pennies. In fact, this elective affinity holds true not just for naive realism, but also for its very critiques, most of which remaining passionately attached to a little something that is prior to any socio-historical process. This realistic little something is better understood as a double negation, namely as a not-nothing, in that it precisely survives the critique of a pre-existing reality out there as is the case for the discourse of social construction. I will suggest here that this not-nothing proceeds from knowledge practices that enact "epistemic covetousness" as their critical gesture.
Keywords
Feminism - Science Studies - Sex - Gender - Race - Biology - Gaston Bachelard
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