Science, Technology and Culture:
and Knowledge That
M W F 11:00 - 12:00
questions: How do we know what we know? What is knowledge? can be
explored from the perspectives of formal logic or biology or cognitive
science. We amplify this investigation to include social and cultural
fields as well. Well consider whether there are as many different
forms of knowledge as there are ways of making knowledge. In this
course, we explore how technologies of representation and performance
shape our thinking and our experience, making a full circuit from
theories of scientific knowledge to art and performance.
This is a course with challenging readings and a heavy emphasis on
in-class discussion. Students will be expected to make presentations
in a variety of formats, in addition to composing written pieces.
This course offers students a chance to explore deeply some areas
of literature, or history, philosophy or cultural studies of science.
What is knowledge?
How do we represent knowledge?
Whats the difference between knowledge that and knowledge how?
Whats the difference between representation and performance?
Is knowledge objective or socially constructed?
What forms of knowledge exist other than scientific knowledge? Case
study: theater, performance as research.
- Michel Foucault.
Archaeology of Knowledge. Pantheon Books (1982) paperback. ISBN:
Wittgenstein ,G. E. M. Anscombe (Translator). Philosophical
Investigations. Prentice Hall; 3rd edition (1999). ISBN: 0024288101
- A. N. Whitehead.
The Concept of Nature : Tarner Lectures. Cambridge University Press
Reissue edition (1994). paperback. ISBN: 0521092450
- Mario Biagioli
(Editor). The Science Studies Reader. Routledge (1999) paperback.
- Jacques Derrida.
Of Grammatology. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976
- Brian Rotman.
Mathematics As Sign: Writing, Imagining, Counting. Stanford Univ
Pr (2000). ISBN: 0804736847
- Ferdinand Saussure,
A Course in General Linguistics, tr. Wade Baskin, Paperback 1, 1965)
, WCB/McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0070165246.
There are scheduled
writing assignments. The assignments must be done individually. Written
responses or artifacts for the current theme must be emailed by 17:00
on the due date. Also, paper copies must be slipped under my office
door by the same deadline.
presentations, responses to the readings, starting Sep. 8. (1/3)
Mid-term paper/presentation: based on theoretical readings. (1/3)
Final paper/presentation. (1/3).