Nico Stehr

Nico Stehr
Zeppelin University | ZU · Department of Communication and Cultural Management

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Nico Stehr worked as Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany
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August 2013 - June 2018
Zeppelin University
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  • Chair
June 2005 - November 2014
Zeppelin University
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  • Karl Mannheim Chair of Cultural Studies
September 1970 - June 1997
University of Alberta
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  • Professor (Full)

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Rooted in the modernist project of explaining such grand transfor-mations as industrialization, the rise of urban centers, bureaucratic means of administration and domination, and the state formations of democracies and dictatorships, the social sciences in general and sociological theories in particular have sought to identify and name the hallmar...
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This paper examines common sense representations of the environment with specific ref-erence to climate. Such systems of representation are emergent phenomena, mediated by specific social contexts and evolving in response to different societal events and natural constraints. It is asked what characteristic features are assigned to climate in past a...
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This article examines widely held assumptions among scientific elites positing that there is an increasing discrepancy between those with specialized knowledge and laypersons, that governmental policy is increasingly shaped by scientific research and its practitioners, and that these trends pose a threat to representative democracy. This article as...
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Researchers who flirt with the idea that more authoritarian governance would help us address global warming are badly mistaken. What's really needed is more democracy.
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Im Fokus der gesellschaftlichen Debatte in Deutschland und in anderen Ländern stehen, wie schon vor 20 oder mehr Jahren, Maßnahmen zur Minderung der nationalen Emission von Treibhausgasen. Dazu zählt nicht nur die Bepreisung des CO2-Ausstoßes, sondern auch die Auffors-tung unseres Baumbestands und die Förderung von erneuerbaren Ener-gien, die Wärme...
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Robert K. Mertons Structural Sociology
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Die Digitalisierung treibt den Wandel der Welt der Arbeit voran. Dieser Wandel könnte durch die wissenschaftlich-technische Dynamik, die von Unternehmen kontrollierte Nachfrage nach qualifizierten Arbeitskräften oder vielmehr durch das Qualifikationsangebot der Arbeitnehmenden determiniert sein. Dabei ist fraglich, welcher kognitiven und sozialen F...
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Although current discussions about the future requirements of occupational qualifications as a result of digitization always emphasise the “that”, they rarely address the concrete content of future knowledge and skills. It is argued that certain technical developments are actually determined by the rising level and increasing availability of qualif...
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The excursus on the simultaneity of the non-simultaneous has a dual purpose: It points to the theoretical and methodological frame of reference I intent to employ throughout my explication of modern society as a knowledge society. At times, the orientation using the twin concept frame will be explicit; for example. as has already been the case in d...
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In order to shed some light on the issue of public knowledge, particularly scientific and technological knowledge, I will first examine the thesis that incremental in the sense of new knowledge is rarely found in the public domain. Additional knowledge mainly produced in the scientific community and by research outside of science tends to be treate...
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This entry describes various forms of knowledge, including commonsense knowledge; knowledge and information; a sociological concept of information; and a sociological concept of knowledge.
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In modernen Gesellschaften wächst einerseits die Fähigkeit des Individuums, nein zu sagen. Andererseits ist in den letzten Jahrzehnten die Machbarkeit der Verhältnisse – zumindest aus der Sicht der das zwanzigste Jahrhundert prägenden großen Institutionen der modernen Gesellschaft – zu einer sehr viel zweifelhafteren Erwartung und selteneren Erfahr...
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It is well known that in recent years, the scientific community’s consensus about man-made climate change has not only become more robust but that a number of recent studies point to far more dramatic and long-lasting consequences of global warming than previously assumed. Although commonly referred to simply as “global warming,” the consequences t...
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In order to shed some light on the issue of public knowledge, particularly scientific and technological knowledge, I will first examine the thesis that incremental in the sense of ‘new’ knowledge is rarely found in the public domain. Additional knowledge mainly produced in the scientific community and by research outside of science tends to be trea...
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The need for action in the context of the climate crisis cannot be more urgent. We should start living with the inevitable climate change and its societal challenges. Adaptation processes are as much needed as are mitigation efforts. Adaptation processes can become the engine for sustainable economic activity. Adaptation can lead to a reduction in...
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Knowledge; Social; Control.
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Globalization Knowledge
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A npassung an die Klimagefahren, Vorsor-ge vor den Risiken des Klimas sind his-torisch gesehen normale Vorgehensweisen, die wir alle irgendwie praktizieren. Diese Praxis richtet sich nach einer wahrgenomme-nen Normalitåt, die aber oft den Rahmen der tatsåchlichen Risiken nicht ausschaepft. In der Annahme, dass die Natur in begrenzter Weise praktisc...
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Climate has for a long time been a taken-for-granted background against which social, political and economic interactions have taken place. But this taken-for-granted background is cleaving. It is becoming hard to ignore the potential repercussions of a changing climate, and the uneven impact of certain forms of human society and energy cultures th...
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The greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions pledged in the latest nationally determined contributions (NDCs), as part of the Paris Agreement, are insufficient to reach climate stabilization targets. Many countries, especially those with developing economies, are reluctant to commit to significant GHG reductions without a clear path to the development of lo...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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Das vorliegende Buch verdeutlicht die hochgradige Komplexität des Verhältnisses von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Klima. Die Tatsache des Klimawandels erfordert eine multidisziplinäre Herangehensweise, die die Vernetzung der drei Systeme erfasst. Es gilt zu erkennen, dass einerseits das Klima soziale, politische und wirtschaftliche Interaktionen p...
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When it comes to the economic affluence of a nation and the ability of a country’s economy to improve the standard of living of its citizens and compete internationally, social scientists are in an unusual agreement that productivity “in the long run is almost everything”.
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The subject of my essay is about products and services, about the places where such commodities and services are exchanged, and how products and services are transformed as a result of new preferences and motives that affect not only production but first and foremost decisions that consumers make in the market place. Decisions are no longer solely...
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Science has not only led to the mass production of knowledge but also has it invaded society with multifarious effects.
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The threats to democracy in the modern era are many. Not least is the risk posed by the widespread feeling among different segments of the public in contemporary democracies that no one from the political class is listening. Such discontent reaches from the Tea Party in the United States and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in the United Kingdom to...
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There are, in the context of this study, several important reasons for addressing the nature of the changing economic structure of modern society.
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New social realities require a new perspective. In advanced societies, the capacity of the individual to say no has increased considerably. At the same time, the ability of the large social institutions that have significantly shaped the nature of the twentieth century to get things done has diminished in the past couple of decades. Or, appropriati...
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Karl Mannheim, one of the founders of the sociology of knowledge (Wissensoziologie), was born in Budapest in 1893, and held academic posts at the universities of Heidelberg and Frankfurt and The London School of Economics and Political Science. He died in London in 1947.
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Lever-Tracy (2008) has called for sociologists to become more involved in the debates about climate change and the future of planet Earth. We support some of the points of her argument wholeheartedly. Nonetheless, we want to query four tenets of her article that seem particularly problematic to us. First, she argues that sociology has long been sil...
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Almost a century ago, Georg Simmel speculates, in his Philosophy of Money, about a most invidious and insidious form of social inequality in modern society.
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With few exceptions classical and contemporary sociological discourses have assumed that scientific knowledge will inevitably replace traditional forms of knowledge.
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Karl Mannheim’s at times rather tentative and at times most ambivalent commitment to a programme of merging philosophical (especially epistemological), sociological and moral discourse could only emerge after he severed strong dependence on a Hegelian philosophy of history. For it was on the basis of such a philosophy that Mannheim, for many years,...
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This chapter is a critical examination of the growing literature dealing with the normative structure of scientific practice. More specifically, my intention is to analyze the presuppositions of Robert Merton’s original formulation of the ethos of science and—the critiques of his position, thereby arriving at a provisional assessment of the current...
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The Critical Assessment of the classical sociology of knowledge, especially of its Mannheimian version, which has been in evidence for nearly sixty years even among otherwise radically different theoretical traditions in the social sciences and philosophy, is at once surprising and significant. If we take the widespread cognitive disagreement among...
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Q: You were born during the Second World War and grew up in the years of rebuilding a war-torn country.
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The branch of learning that has concerned itself with the nature of knowledge in general has traditionally been philosophy. Questions it investigates are the relationship between knowledge and belief (or ideology), the validity and reliability of knowledge claims pertaining to the external world and based on sense perception, the presuppositions re...
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O artigo aborda uma questão aparentemente antiga, como sugere a citação inicial tomada à edição de 1891 da revista Scientific American, de como avaliar e medir o valor ou o preço do conhecimento. A questão será estudada de várias perspectivas, tanto da prática como das ciências sociais. Tomando por base um conceito sociológico de conhecimento, disc...
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Francis Bacon’s famous metaphor that knowledge is power has been the intellectual springboard for many scholars to offer misleading observations about the inordinate authority and power of knowledge. Among the important implications that Bacon derives from his metaphor is the assertion that individuals provided with experimental skills and practica...
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The article discusses two vital aspects of the current debate about the societal importance and future role of data, information, and knowledge in the context of social organization, administration, and government. First, it is argued that the debate concerning Big Data suffers from faulty assumptions regarding the societal significance and power o...
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In the 1998 Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster movie Armageddon humanity is faced with the most serious threat: an asteroid the size of Texas is on a collision course with the earth. The effects of such a collision would be nothing short of disastrous: the end of the world as we know it. In this situation people do the obvious: they turn to a hero (natu...
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Gefahren für die Demokratie gibt es viele in der heutigen Zeit. Nicht die geringste ist das in verschiedenen Teilen der Öffentlichkeit heutiger Demokratien weit verbreitete Gefühl, dass sie in der politischen Klasse kein Gehör finden.

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