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Knowledge and Space

Clashes of Knowledge

Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Science and Religion

Editors: Meusburger, Peter, Welker, Michael, Wunder, Edgar (Eds.)

  • Explores differences between knowledge and belief in different cultural contexts
  • Discusses the shifting boundaries of science in the context of historical change
  • Addresses the often puzzling spatial and cultural disparities of knowledge
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"Clashes of Knowledge" is the first volume of a series called "Knowledge and Space" dealing with spatial disparities of knowledge and the impact of the spatial context on the production and application of knowledge. The contributions in this book explore the conflicts between various types of knowledge, especially between orthodox and heterodox knowledge systems, which range from religious fundamentalism to heresies within the scientific community itself. Does the traditional distinction between "belief" and "knowledge" still make sense? How is the difference between knowledge and belief understood in different cultural contexts? How have the religious-based knowledge systems been displaced in their hegemonic role by "scientific" knowledge? In which ways do the agents of hegemonic, orthodox knowledge interact with the representatives of deviating, heterodox knowledge? These and many other questions are addressed by scholars of geography, history of science, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, sociology, theology, etc. A number of articles describe how scientists attempt to systematically exclude implausible knowledge claims from their disciplines and how the boundaries of science are subject to historical change and to spatial and cultural contexts.

Knowledge systems can also clash at the level of the individual. Why do people often ignore information that contradicts their personal "knowledge"? Under what conditions are people prepared to give up firm beliefs and integrate new information that contradicts their prior knowledge? This book thus addresses many fields in the academy but also learned individuals who are interested in the often puzzling spatial and cultural disparities of knowledge and clashes of knowledge.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Forms of Knowledge: Problems, Projects, Perspectives

    Abel, Günter

    Pages 11-33

  • The Nexus of Knowledge and Space

    Meusburger, Peter

    Pages 35-90

  • Cultural Boundaries: Settled and Unsettled

    Gieryn, Thomas F.

    Pages 91-99

  • Actors’ and Analysts’ Categories in the Social Analysis of Science

    Collins, Harry

    Pages 101-110

  • Science and the Limits of Knowledge

    Stenmark, Mikael

    Pages 111-120

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eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7392-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Clashes of Knowledge
Book Subtitle
Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Science and Religion
Editors
  • Peter Meusburger
  • Michael Welker
  • Edgar Wunder
Series Title
Knowledge and Space
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5555-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5555-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5554-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7392-1
Series ISSN
1877-9220
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 230
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