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„Социално-робустната наука” като нов изследователски концепт
“Socially Robust Science” as a New Research Concept

Author(s): Ludmila Ivancheva
Subject(s): Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of the arts, business, education, Sociology of Education
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: science and society; social context of science; social relevance and responsibility; re-conceptualization; socially-robust science

Summary/Abstract: Using an analytical and synthetic approach, the article presents a summary of the changes that have taken place in the social context of science in the modern knowledge society as compared with the earlier industrial society. The author identifies the intense dynamic changes in the role, status and social functions of science occurring during the formation of knowledge-based societies. The article also identifies various concepts, models and political theses that, while focusing on one or another of the important aspect of these processes, fail to adequately articulate or explain the whole range of changes taking place in the exo-systemic social context of modern science. This proliferation of theoretical concepts and the diversity of their main focuses calls for a reconceptualization of the social dimensions of modern science, which would allow a sharper delineation of the new elements in the positioning of science as a factor of social development and in the interaction between science and society. It would also enable a more adequate and detailed interpretation of the respective processes. In this connection, a new concept of “socially robust science” is introduced.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 117-127
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English, Bulgarian