"Once treated as the absence of knowledge, ignorance today has become a highly influential topic in its own right, commanding growing attention across the natural and social sciences where a wide range of scholars have begun to explore the social life and political issues involved in the distribution and strategic use of not knowing. The field is growing fast and this handbook reflects this interdisciplinary field of study by drawing contributions from economics, sociology, history, philosophy, cultural studies, area studies, anthropology, legal studies, feminist studies, and related fields in order to serve as a seminal guide to the political, legal and social uses of ignorance in social and political life"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Part I: Historical treatments of ignorance in philosophy, literature and the human sciences Ignorance and investigation / Jens Haas and Katja Maria Vogt Learned ignorance: the apophatic tradition of cultivating the virtue of unknowing / William Franke Literary ignorance / Andrew Bennett Popper, ignorance, and the emptiness of fallibilism / Shterna Friedman From Descartes to Rumsfeld: the rise and decline of ignorance-of-ignorance / Jerome Ravetz The anatomy of ignorance: diagnoses from literature / Devjani Roy and Richard Zeckhauser Part II: Registering the unknown: ignorance as methodology The production of forbidden knowledge / Joanna Kempner Ignorance and the epistemic choreography of method / Mike Michael Sharing the resources of ignorance / Stuart Firestein Expect the unexpected: experimental music, or the ignorance of sound design / Basile Zimmermann Purveyors of ignorance: journalists as agents in the social construction of scientific ignorance / S. Holly Stocking and Lisa W. Holstein Ignorance and the brain: are there distinct kinds of unknowns? / Michael Smithson and Helen Pushkarskaya Linguistics and ignorance / Nina Janich and Anne Simmerling Part III: Valuing and managing the unknown in science, technology and medicine Undone science and social movements: a review and typology / David J. Hess Science: for better or worse, a source of ignorance as well as knowledge / Janet A. Kourany Selective ignorance in environmental research / Kevin C. Elliott Lost in space: geographies of ignorance in science and technology studies / Scott Frickel and Abby Kinchy Ignorance and industry: argrichemicals and honey bee deaths / Daniel Lee Kleinman and Sainath Suryanarayanan Doubt, ignorance and trust: on the unwarranted fears raised by the doubt-mongers / Albert Ogien Decision-making under the condition of uncertainty and non-knowledge: the deliberative turn in genetic counselling / Alexander Bogner Fighting a losing battle? The right not to know and the dynamics of biomedical knowledge production / Peter Wehling. Part IV: Power and ignorance: oppression, emancipation and shifting subjectivities Global white ignorance / Charles W. Mills Intersubjective vulnerability, ignorance and the experience of radical surprises / Christian Kuhlicke Anthropological perspectives on ritual and religious ignorance / Liana Chua Criminal ignorance / Darren Thiel Targeting ignorance to change behavior / Deborah A. Prentice Rational ignorance / Ilya Somin Democracy and practices of ignorance / Lev Marder Part V: Ignorance in economic theory, risk management and security studies Governing by ignoring: the production and the function of the under-reporting of farm-workers' pesticide poisoning in French and Californian regulations / François Dedieu, Jean-Noël Jouzel and Giovanni Prete To know or not to know? A note on ignorance as a rhetorical resource in geoengineering debates / Steve Rayner Unfolding the map: making knowledge and ignorance mobilization dynamics visible in science evaluation and policymaking / Joanne Gaudet Ignorance is strength? Intelligence, security and national secrets / Brian Rappert and Brian Blmer Ignorance and the sociology of economics / Oliver Kessler Decision-theoretic approaches to non-knowledge in economics / Ekaterina Svetlova and Henk van Elst Organizational ignorance / Joanne Roberts Managing with ignorance: the new ideal / Allison Stewart Fictional reflections: taking it personally: medical ignorance / Ann Kerwin Afterword: ignorance studies: interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary.
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Portion of Title
International handbook of ignorance studies.
London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.