Drunk on capitalism : an interdisciplinary reflection on market economy, art and science

TitleWhat is there beyond Mertonian and dollar green science? Exploring the contours of epistemic democracy
Publication TypeBook Chapter (with title)
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsVan Bouwel, J
Secondary AuthorsVanderbeeken, R, Le Roy, F, Stalpaert, C, Aerts, D
Book TitleDrunk on capitalism : an interdisciplinary reflection on market economy, art and science
Volume11
Pages35–48
PublisherSpringer
ISBN Number9789400720817
Abstract

The story is sometimes told as follows: Once science was a disinterested activity giving scientists the opportunity to freely solve the puzzle of nature to the benefit of all. Nowadays science seems more and more driven by the search for patents and dollars compelling scientists to follow the logic of capitalism and corporatization. Take-home lesson: science is for sale and we should do everything to reverse this evolution. In this contribution, I want to analyze the narrator’s assumptions implicit in this account of science. In particular, the rosy description of earlier disinterested forms of scientific research will be questioned, as well as the lack of alternatives to the dichotomy disinterested versus corporatized. I will argue that beyond the dichotomy an interest-driven science can be conceived framed within an epistemic democracy.

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