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Clashes of Knowledge

Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Science and Religion

Part of the book series: Knowledge and Space (KNAS, volume 1)

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Table of contents (12 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Nexus of Knowledge and Space

    • Peter Meusburger
    Pages 35-90
  3. Cultural Boundaries: Settled and Unsettled

    • Thomas F. Gieryn
    Pages 91-99
  4. Science and the Limits of Knowledge

    • Mikael Stenmark
    Pages 111-120
  5. The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance: State of the Science and Directions for Future Research

    • Peter Fischer, Dieter Frey, Claudia Peus, Andreas Kastenmüller
    Pages 189-198
  6. Turning Persuasion from an Art into a Science

    • Robert B. Cialdini
    Pages 199-209
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 211-230

About this book

"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.

Keywords

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Education and Society
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Social Geography
  • education
  • history of science
  • knowledge
  • philosophy
  • religion
  • sociology
  • theology

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography, University of Heidelberg, Germany

    Peter Meusburger, Edgar Wunder

  • Faculty of Theology, University of Heidelberg, Germany

    Michael Welker

Bibliographic Information

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eBook USD 189.00
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Softcover Book USD 249.99
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Hardcover Book USD 249.99
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