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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Have you heard about Jurgen Habermas' Emancipatory Knowledge?

I just read Habermas's Exerpt Emancipatory Knowledge from Knowledge and Human Interests. I think Habermas was saying that although science attempts to be methodologically objective, our use of scientific knowledge is not methodologically objective. As a result our application of scientific knowledge always serves our human interests. Pretty dope.

I think one of the most obvious and contemporary examples would be the multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Company. Whose genetically modified seeds are the result of scientific knowledge, and whose patent serves their individual and collective interests.

While their application of scientific knowledge is not only subjective but self-interested, it is only capable of being successful because of the political, economic, and social systems that exist. Commence pondering.

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