„Ökonomisierung“ der Hochschulen. Ein Rückblick.

Feb 26th, 2018 | By | Category: New Forms of the Social, Topics, Transcultural analysis

Looking back to the years from 1995 to 2010, different aspects of the so called economisation of higher education are recalled: competition, economic education management and deregulation of admission to higher edu­-cation. Of special interest are some limitations in the economic approach as such: the tendency toward quantification and dichotomisation, toward instrumental rationality and toward a methodical oblivion of nature. As for the economisation of science, it is diagnosed a fundamental and accelerated pressure concerning technological innovations, according to theories of economic growth with endogenous technological change, and resulting from the dematerialisation of numerous products including scientific knowledge itself. The elites of science seem to be a new ruling class to which today´s ecological challenges are something like a legitimational windfall in the business of knowledge economy which, apart from this, has become totally self-referential.

Technik, Hausmacht und die Macht im Haus

Jul 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Ideal Spaces, Philosophy, Topics

Naturally, housepower and indoors power are absolutely heterogenious realms. But they have one object in common: they are not directly but indirectly dependent on technology.

Tel Aviv. Tracing the Ideal City dream

Apr 12th, 2017 | By | Category: New Forms of the Social, Spatial concepts, Topics

In descriptions of Tel Aviv often occur reflections about the ideal “first Hebrew city”. A gap between real Tel Aviv and its visionary model is a commonplace. Nevertheless, links between them are plentiful, although they are discussed either with irony or with pathos. The paper gives a cursory review of some of such links.

Topic “Ideal Spaces”

Jan 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Ideal Spaces, Topics

An ideal space is a space both imagined and perfected. Traditionally, an ideal space was associated with the notion of utopia, or in more broader terms, with the search for a space hoped for where humans can unfold their positive potentials and were able to lead a better life. Today, in times of globalization (also of problems), the search for an ideal space seems to be obsolete and to belong to a past. But this isn’t the case, not only as utopias are concerned. In terms of non-physical spaces, we live in many ‘ideal’ spaces, at least on a part-time base, and also the issue of the classical utopia as a space for a better community of humans has not been settled. We want to invite to investigate possible meanings of spaces considered “ideal” in both past and present, to investigate their range of appearance as well as their social relevance and impact, in particular today.

Alles, was verstehbar ist, wird entweder verstanden oder nicht verstanden. Alles, was verstanden wird, wird entweder richtig oder falsch verstanden

Feb 25th, 2016 | By | Category: New Forms of the Social, Philosophy, Topics

Some remarks on Wittgenstein’s “Philosophical Investigations”, paragraph 153: “We are trying to get hold of the mental process of understanding which seems to be hidden behind those coarser and therefore more readily visible accompa-niments. But we do not succeed.”

Hochschulzulassung, Neoliberalismus und das Zufällige

Nov 18th, 2015 | By | Category: New Forms of the Social, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

It will be demonstrated on the basis of deregulation of university admission in Germany that neoliberal inspired reforms can show characteristics of an ideology – if “ideology” is understood as the willingness to ignore historical experience, scientific results, expert opinions and common sense based on political and economic fundamental convictions. This even holds true for the universities’ conduct. It will also be questioned if random student admission could be a deliberate part of social engineering of admission procedures even only as a symbolic act of acknowledging limits in the rational administration of educational biographies and in the vindicatory policies of selection procedures.

The Tragedy of the Attentional Commons – In Search of Social Rules for an Increasingly Fragmented Space

Sep 30th, 2015 | By | Category: Space, and the World as Network, Spatial concepts

The majority of the workforce in the developed world consists of knowledge workers who are confronted with computers in between them. The problem of degradation of the knowledge worker is briefly reviewed, before focus is given to the attention economy as a relevant context for the issue of degradation. The notion ‘atten-tion space’ is introduced and as part of the attention space the ‘attentional commons’ is identified. Based on economic analysis, it is derived that the attentional commons shows properties which are typical for the rise of the so called ‘tragedy of the commons’. The degradation of the knowledge worker is identified as the actual tragedy of the attentional commons. Potential avenues leading to a solution of the tragedy in form of mar-ket-, norms- and organization-based approaches are discussed.

Der Einfluss der deutschen Romantik auf den Historismus

Aug 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Evolution, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

The question about the beginning of history as a science, i.e. the transformation of historiography into historical research is close connected to the appearance of historism in the nineteenth century. In particular the attainment and the remarkable feat the German historian Leopold von Ranke achieved is generally recognized as a milestone in the history of science. All in all historism founded in 19th-century Germany as well as Rankes work is scarcely conceivable without the contributions of the writers associated with German Romanticism. The following article is an attempt to show the correlation between them.

Raum als limitierender Faktor für gesellschaftliche Entwicklung – Die besonderen räumlichen Herausforderungen an die Bürgergesellschaft und Verwaltung der Stadt Wörth am Rhein

Mai 21st, 2015 | By | Category: New Forms of the Social, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

Everyday life in human society is severely influenced by geographic settings, since individual and social ac-tivities as well as interactions unfold in specific places. They define the real space of a “Lebensraum”. The geographic or structural dissection of this space can hamper the evolvement of a civil public spirit – society then appears as dissected as the space. The city of Wörth am Rhein with four geographically completely separated municipal areas serves as an example for geographically complex urban spaces with the respective social, public and administrative challenges. The author provides an in depth analysis of the problem and shows possible approaches to overcome social dissection.

Historische Technikakzeptanz – als kontextualisierende Technikzukunftsforschung am Fallbeispiel der T1-Duplexklasse der Pennsylvania Railroad, 1942–1951

Jan 14th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Mobility, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

The essay presents the brief history of the last technological development of the steam age on US railroad tracks: the T1 duplex class of the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1942–1951. Referring to the methods of today’s technological assessment, the article is questioning a teleological interpretation of the last US passenger tratin steam locomotive as a failing innovation.

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