The Fate of the Scientific Discourse in the Information Society

By Stanislas Bigirimana.

Published by Science in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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The hegemony of the scientific discourse was based on the discipline of the medieval synthesis. The progress of Newton’s physics and the decrease of the power and the influence of the Church prompted this decline. Therefore, revelation, tradition and (religious) authority were no longer suitable foundations of knowledge. Genuine knowledge, in the scientific era, was to be founded on human reason and proved through observation, reasoning and experimentation. Through a mixture of Newtonianism, Darwinism and positivism, scientific principles and methods were applied to human affairs. However, the fate of the scientific discourse is uncertain for two reasons. First, there is an increasing awareness that some assumptions of science are applicable to only a small portion of the universe. Moreover, human interaction enhances aspects of purpose, value and meaning that cannot be investigated and formulated in physical terms.

The ongoing information revolution is a fertile ground for new ways of thinking and styles of organization that transcend the limitations of the Cartesian tradition. In the information society, the fate of the scientific discourse is uncertain. There is an epistemological shift that embodies power comparable to the scientific revolution more than three hundred years ago.

Keywords: Revelation, Tradition, Information Society, Scientific Discourse, Universe

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Dr. Stanislas Bigirimana

PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Baden Wurtenberg, Germany

My name is Stanislas Bigirimana. I hold a Masters of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Azaliah University (USA). My academic interests include epistemology, business ethics and African philosophy. With my MBA I have developed an interest in Strategic Management, Organisational Behaviour, International Marketing and Management Information Systems. My diverse academic interests converge on the fact the information society in my view calls for a series of paradigm changes that imply at the metaphysical level recognising reality as complex and at the epistemological level designing new approaches and models that accommodate not only the intrinsic complexity of reality but the dynamic and integrative nature of individual and collective human processes. I am currently writing a doctoral thesis on the epistemological implications of the information revolution where I assess the needed paradigm changes for a model of human knowing that integrates the emotional, intellectual, ethical and practical abilities of the human person and that influences organisational, decision-making and problem-solving processes in a dynamic and integrative pattern. I ground these paradigm changes in a global “information society” that defines itself as a “knowledge society”.

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