Monday, 17 January 2011

Thesis Draft

Although this is the first time I worked on the thesis in a single document, I had to split it up again to upload it. The following should link to each section of the thesis draft.

Introduction (incomplete - just a potential first draft beginning of it)
Chapter One: knowledge and technology 1939-1965
Chapter Two: knowledge and the nation 1945-1957
Chapter Three: knowledge and revolution 1967-1975
Chapter Four: knowledge economy 1980-1989
Chapter Five: knowledge and property 1986-1996
Conclusion not yet written
Epilogue not yet written

This is a full-ish second-ish draft. It is my hope to complete a final draft in August (ish). Please feel free to send me comments, suggestions, feedback etc.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Knowledge, legitimacy, republicanism

"Until philosophers are kings or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils, -- nor the human race as I believe,-- and then only will this our State have a possibility of life and behold the light of day."

-- Plato's Republic, c.380 BC

"Kings can become philosophers; or else philosophers Kings. Let once society be most rightly constituted,- by victorious Analysis."

-- Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, 1837

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

University, democracy and politicised knowledge

"The link between our postwar democracy and the traditional university - a link that seems almost attractive - is coming t an end. Two tendencies are competing with each other. Either increasing productivity is the sole basis of a reform that smoothly integrates the depoliticised university into the system of social labor and at the same time inconspicuously cuts its ties to the political, public realm. Or the university asserts itself within the political system."
- Jurgen Habermas, 1967

Monday, 3 January 2011

Thesis wordle

Wordle of my thesis to date. I thought it might reveal lots of things I hadn't realised about my research. But no. It is immensely predictable.