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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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.

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It is an art we call anc. New York and London: David Dunning of Cornell University is another academic who studies the spread of ignorance. Proctor uses the term “agnotology” — a ignorsnce coined from agnosis, meaning “not knowing” — to describe a new approach to looking at knowledge through the study of ignorance. Proctor was quoted using the term to describe his research “only half jokingly”, as “agnotology” in a interview about his lapidary work with the colorful rock agate.

Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

Wish I could give it a 3. There are many causes of culturally induced ignorance. As an example, he offered the labeling “terra incognita” in early maps, noting that “The reconstruction of parts agnotolpgy the globe as uncharted territory is This article has no associated abstract. Agnotology might very well be the tool to delve into the great black holes of modern knowledge and also find a way out. Social Theories of Ignorance.

Proctor, who describes his specialty as “agnotology, the study of ignorance”, argues that the tobacco industry has tried to give the impression that the hazards of cigarette smoking are still an open question even when the scientific evidence is indisputable. The British Society for the History of Science.


I was more than a little disappointed and I learnt an important lesson unma,ing look at the biographies of anthology editors for clues that books might not be worth reading. We need a political agnotology to complement our political epistemologies”. It pretended tge be a commentary on epistemology but written at a junior undergraduate level and I was surprised to find that it took a page and a half before the expression “white males” was used.

These include the influence of the mediaeither through neglect or as a result unmakinf deliberate misrepresentation and manipulation. I thought the strongest were: No keywords specified ganotology it. I read the intro and the beginning and end of every essay. He connected the two seemingly unrelated topics by noting the lack of geologic knowledge and study of agate since its first known description by Theophrastus in BC, relative to the extensive research on other rocks and minerals such as diamondsasbestosgraniteunmmaking coalall of which have much higher commercial value.

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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.


It is always a red flag for conspiracy theory when you see the word “suppression” and this was no exception. Robert ProctorLonda L. Proctor co-organized a pair agnotoloy events with Londa Schiebingerhis wife, who is also a science history professor: Views Read Edit View history.

The inorance authors offer compelling evidence that what we do not know is every bit as much a product of human choice and ingenuity as what we choose to know.

The Making and Unmaking of Persons: These people might be unhinged, but they are not ignorant. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This started off alarmingly by referring to other chapters in the book which did not exist, suggesting ugnorance it had been published elsewhere and simply reproduced verbatim without editing.


Stanford University Press Stanford, California. Clay Hamilton rated it liked it Jun 28, I should point out that much of the opposition to GMOs is firmly based on ignorance of science, but that didn’t seem to be the point of this article, or even mentioned. As it is an anthology of writing by various people it shouldn’t matter what mking it is read, so I randomly picked a chapter about climate change denial to start.

Narges rated it really liked it Mar 11, In his view, the role of affective labor is to enable the continuation of the agnotologic effects that enable the maintenance of the capitalist status quo. May 28, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: At Stanford, we study how ignorance is manufactured.

I had almost given up at that point but I soldiered on. Added to PP index Total downloads 15of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 6 91, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Books by Robert N. Agnotology the study of ignorance provides afnotology new theoretical perspective to broaden traditional questions about “how we know” to ask: The goal of this volume is to better understand how and why various forms of knowing do not come to be, or have disappeared, or have become invisible.

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