Epistemic Cultures: Towards a New Sociology of Knowledge

18 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2015

See all articles by Hans-Dieter Evers

Hans-Dieter Evers

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; University of Bielefeld; University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Date Written: July 4, 2015


The rapid integration of nations, regions and localities into the world economy, the increasing density of communication networks and the diminishing importance of national boundaries for the flow of commodities, capital, workers, information and knowledge have established conditions for the rise of a knowledge-driven world economy and society. Epistemic cultures of vast knowledge producing and processing organisations increasingly structure society. The old question of classical sociology, initiated by Karl Marx and Max Weber, whether the relations of production or rather knowledge and the spirit of capitalism determine economy and society seems to have been settled once and for all in favour of the Weberian position. Knowledge governs economy and society. But now this process appears to reach a new stage, not thought of by Scheler, where Sein und Bewusstsein merge and knowledge becomes a reality. This is the new reality with which a new sociology of knowledge has to contend.

Keywords: sociology of knowledge; knowledge economy; epistemic culture; knowledge production

JEL Classification: A14; B25; Z10

Suggested Citation

Evers, Hans-Dieter, Epistemic Cultures: Towards a New Sociology of Knowledge (July 4, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2626722 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2626722

Hans-Dieter Evers (Contact Author)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ( email )

Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Bangi, Selangor D.E. 43600
+60-149456927 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ukm.my/ikmas/

University of Bielefeld ( email )

Universit├Ątsstra├če 25
Bielefeld, 33501

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
+49-228-731970 (Phone)
+49-228-731972 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.zef.de

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics