Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, .. Agnotology: The making and unmaking of ignorance. Palo Alto, CA. What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? Agnotology the study of ignorance. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance | What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? What keeps ignorance.

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Her recent books include Plants and Empire: The essays assembled in Agnotology show that ignorance is often more than just an absence of knowledge; it can also be the outcome of cultural and political struggles. Archived from the original on 24 July My library Help Advanced Book Search. Roger Blakesley rated it liked it Aug 13, Betancourt argues that this political economy should be termed “agnotologic capitalism” because the systemic production and maintenance of ignorance is a major feature that enables the economy to function as it allows the creation of a “bubble economy”.

The Making and Unmaking of Political Identity. I looked up the author’s biography and there it was – she teaches and writes about “gendered science” as if such a thing exists. Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the Encyclopaedia Britannica with Wikisource reference Articles with short description Articles containing Ancient Greek-language text Use dmy dates from March Proctor co-organized a pair of events with Londa Schiebingerhis wife, who is also a science history professor: This entry has no external links.



Although it was a very difficult book to read agntoology of a text book than anything else it lead to an excellent discussion. Why don’t we know what we don’t know?

Cecilia rated it really liked it Jul 25, Instead it may be allowing many people to cherry-pick information in blogs or news that reinforces their existing beliefs. What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument?

He said agate was a “victim of scientific disinterest”, the same “structured apathy” he called “the social construction of ignorance”. Louise Du Toit – unknown. anc

Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

Individual chapters treat examples from the realms of global climate change, military secrecy, female orgasm, environmental denialism, Native American paleontology, theoretical archaeology, racial ignorance, and more. What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? The next thing I looked at was “Coming to Understand: Garbage in the butt “. Under the banner of science, the industry produced research about everything except tobacco hazards to exploit public uncertainty.

Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance by Robert N. Proctor

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. History of Western Philosophy. Stanford University Press- History – pages.


Proctor uses o term “agnotology” — a word coined from agnosis, meaning “not knowing” — to describe a new approach to looking at knowledge through the study of ignorance. There are many causes of culturally induced ignorance. Proctor, who is shaping a new field, the study of ignorance, which he calls agnotology. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy te Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

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InLonda Schiebinger [15] gave a more precise definition of agnotology in a paper on 18th-century voyages of scientific discovery and gender relations, and contrasted it with epistemologythe theory of knowledge, saying that the latter questions how we know while the former questions why we do not know: Wir untersuchen in Stanford inzwischen, wie Unwissen hergestellt wird.

Ignorance in Epistemology categorize this paper.

At that point I gave up the book completely. Schiebinger No preview available – Smithson – – In Robert N.