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Knowledge and Politics

  • Riccardo Viale
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Alain Touraine
    Pages 119-136
  3. Ronald Dworkin
    Pages 137-146
  4. Michel Crozier
    Pages 147-152
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-154

About these proceedings


"Does knowledge matter to politics?" is the main question the book tries to answer. The analysis is interdisciplinary and covers a wide range of topics: a social epistemology assessment of the efficacy of political institutions in promoting the generation and the diffusion of science and technology; the proposal of the alternative concept of satisfying rationality to found the theory of social knowledge; the roles of social knowledge in the constitution making and the transitional justice; the arguments in favor of decentralized knowledge in social problem solving and its empowerment through devolution, de-bureaucratization and deregulation; the means to ensure the independency of knowledge from power and at the same time its social utility; the knowledge justified to inform the voters in political campaigns; the critique to technocracy as the wrong solution to deal with the crisis of complexity in contemporary society.


Altern Cognition Democracy Politics Rationality Social Knowledge technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Riccardo Viale
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  1. 1.Rosselli FoundationTorinoItaly

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