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This book outlines a social theory of knowledge for the 21st century. With characteristic subtlety and verve, Steve Fuller deals directly with a world in which it is no longer taken for granted that universities and academics are the best places and people to embody the life of the mind. While Fuller defends academic privilege, he takes very seriously the historic divergences between academics and intellectuals, attending especially to the different features of knowledge production that they value.

The Place of Intellectual Life: The University
The place of intellectual life: The university
The University as an Institutional Solution to the Problem of Knowledge

At least since Descartes, the problem of knowledge has been posed inside out, that is as a problem for each individual to solve by approximating an external standard to which the individual may or may not have conscious access. There is no sense that epistemic access may be a scarce good, with one individual's access to knowledge perhaps impeding, competing with, or making demands on the epistemic access of some other individual. Rather, knowledge is regarded as what welfare economists call a public good, namely, one whose value does not diminish as access increases (Samuelson 1969). In contrast, my own version of ...

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