Centre for Knowledge and Society (CEKAS)
Complex societies face numerous challenges, such as the erosion of social cohesion, widening wealth and income gaps, unsustainable development and climate change, increasing demands on health care systems, deficiencies in education and persistent inequalities. The Centre for Knowledge and Society aims to address problems of this type by applying philosophical tools and notions drawn from all the sub-disciplines of theoretical and practical philosophy in collaboration with specialists from other disciplines. Specifically, the Centre aims to improve understanding of societal challenges and to recommend and develop interventions that have societal impact. This requires a multi-disciplinary effort, requiring collaborations with both academic non-philosophers and non-academic stakeholders.
The Centre is organised around three themes—(1) Education and Learning, (2) Social Epistemology, and (3) Health and Wellbeing—which cross-cut three disciplinary clusters—(1) Epistemology, (2) History of Philosophy, and (3) Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science. These themes also dovetail with the University’s broader Interdisciplinary Challenges of “Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity” and “Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing”, as articulated in the University’s 2040 strategy. A number of thematically distinct and changing projects conduct research and impact under the auspices of this Centre, all unified by the described methodological approach. The Centre is open to all philosophical resources, whether developed in the analytic or continental tradition.
The Centre also provides a platform to meet and exchange ideas, facilitated by a dedicated series of talks and an annual public lecture. The interdisciplinary speaker series Knowledge and Society and the annual public lecture bring together researchers from all participating projects and disciplines, as well as societal stakeholders.
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