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  1. Nico Stehr (1994). Max Weber and the Lutheran Social Congress: The Authority of Discourse and the Discourse of Authority. History of the Human Sciences 7 (4):21-39.
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    Nico Stehr & Marian T. Adolf (forthcoming). The Price of Knowledge. Social Epistemology:1-30.
    Our article addresses the question how to assess and measure the value or price of knowledge, and probes the issue from a variety of social scientific and practical perspectives. Against the background of a sociological concept of knowledge, economic, political, social, and juridical perspectives that may lead to a price of knowledge are discussed. We observe that knowledge is seen to play an ever greater role within as well as across economies and politics; that its embodiment makes it difficult to (...)
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    Nico Stehr (1994). Knowledge Societies. Sage.
    Knowledge Societies offers both a critical examination of existing social theory, and a new synthesis of social theory with the actual study of knowledge relations in advanced economies. Some of the elements explored are scientization: the penetration not only of production but of most social action by scientific knowledge; the transformation of access to knowledge through higher education; the growth of experts (managers, accountants, advisors, and counselors) and of corresponding institutions based on the deployment of specialized knowledge; and a shift (...)
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    Nico Stehr (1981). II.4 The Magic Triangle: In Defense of a General Sociology of Knowledge. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 11 (2):225-229.
    It has become extremely questionable whether, in the flux of life, it is a genuinely worthwhile intellectual problem to seek to discover fixed and immutable ideas or absolutes.
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    Nico Stehr (2004). Knowledge, Markets and Biotechnology. Social Epistemology 18 (4):301 – 314.
    In this paper it is argued that the modern economy, as it transforms itself into a knowledge-based economy, loses much of the immunity from societal influences it once enjoyed, at least in advanced societies. This implies that the boundaries of the economy as a social system become more porous and fluid. Among the traffic that increasingly moves across the system-specific boundaries of the economy, from the opposite direction as it were, are cultural practices and beliefs that were heretofore perceived as (...)
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    Jay Weinstein & Nico Stehr (1999). The Power of Knowledge: Race Science, Race Policy, and the Holocaust. Social Epistemology 13 (1):3-35.
    From the beginning of the scientific revolution, scientists, philosophers, and laypersons have been concerned about the effects of knowledge on social relations. Although views differ about the details of this knowledge-society interface, most observers have understood that the kind of knowledge that emanates from establishedscience can indeed be quite powerful in practice. In exploring both the nature of race science discourse and selected features of the practical context within which it resonates effectively, the authors' investigationsof this field and its contribution (...)
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    Volker Meja & Nico Stehr (1988). Social Science, Epistemology, and the Problem of Relativism. Social Epistemology 2 (3):263 – 271.
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    Nico Stehr & Anthony Simmons (1979). The Diversity of Modes of Discourse and the Development of Sociological Knowledge. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 10 (1):141-161.
    This paper presents an analysis of the structure of contemporary sociological knowledge in terms of a theory of scientific discourse. The concept of 'discourse' is introduced as a theoretical refinement of the concept of 'paradigm' and is applied to the classes of knowledge claims of the natural and social sciences. It is concluded that general modes of scientific discourse are definable in terms of their vertical differentiation from everyday discourse, while particular modes of sociological discourse are additionally definable in terms (...)
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    Marian Adolf, Jason L. Mast & Nico Stehr (2013). The Foundations of Innovation in Modern Societies: The Displacement of Concepts and Knowledgeability. Mind and Society 12 (1):11-22.
    Our paper offers a contribution to the growing literature on the sociology of innovation rather than the still dominant economic theory of innovation. We suggest that innovation first and foremost represents a process of cognitive displacement whereby existing metaphorical frameworks are reconstituted to account for new phenomena in a process that changes both the metaphor’s and the new phenomenon’s compositions. We suggest that integral to this process is knowledgeability, or a bundle of social and cognitive competencies that emerge as one (...)
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    Jay Weinstein & Nico Stehr (1999). The Power of Knowledge: Race Science, Race Policy, and the Holocaust. Social Epistemology 13 (1):3 – 35.
    From the beginning of the scientific revolution, scientists, philosophers, and laypersons have been concerned about the effects of knowledge on social relations. Although views differ about the details of this knowledge-society interface, most observers have understood that the kind of knowledge that emanates from establishedscience can indeed be quite powerful in practice. In exploring both the nature of race science discourse and selected features of the practical context within which it resonates effectively, the authors' investigationsof this field and its contribution (...)
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    Nico Stehr (1998). The University in Knowledge Societies. Social Epistemology 12 (1):33 – 42.
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  12. Volker Meja & Nico Stehr (eds.) (1990). Knowledge and Politics: The Sociology of Knowledge Dispute. Routledge.
  13. Nico Stehr (1981). David J. Levy, Realism: An Essay in Interpretation and Social Reality Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 1 (2/3):96-97.
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  14. Wayne Messner, Dennis Bray, Guy C. Germain & Nico Stehr (1992). Climate Change and Social Order: Knowledge for Action? Knowledge and Policy 5 (4):82-100.
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  15. Nico Stehr (2008). Globale Wissenswelten oder grenzenlose Erkenntnisse. Rechtstheorie 39 (2):301-328.
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  16. Nico Stehr (2015). Information, Power, and Democracy: Liberty is a Daughter of Knowledge. Cambridge University Press.
    The link between liberty and knowledge is neither static nor simple. Until recently the mutual support between knowledge, science, democracy and emancipation was presupposed. Recently, however, the close relationship between democracy and knowledge has been viewed with skepticism. The growing societal reliance on specialized knowledge often appears to actually undermine democracy. Is it that we do not know enough, but that we know too much? What are the implications for the freedom of societies and their citizens? Does knowledge help or (...)
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  17. Nico Stehr & Reiner Grundmann (eds.) (2005). Knowledge: Critical Concepts. Routledge.
    This five volume collection brings together a carefully selected array of contributions from a variety of disciplines. Featuring essays from philosophers who have investigated the foundations of knowledge, and addressing different forms of knowledge in society such as common sense and practical knowledge, this collection also discusses the role of knowledge in economic process and gives attention to the role of expert knowledge in political decision making. Including a collection of articles from the sociology of knowledge and science, the set (...)
     
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  18. Nico Stehr (1990). Knowing Everything About Nothing: Specialization and Change in Research CareersJohn Ziman. Isis 81 (3):618-619.
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  19. Nico Stehr & Volker Meja (1990). Relativism and the Sociology of Knowledge'. In Volker Meja & Nico Stehr (eds.), Knowledge and Politics: The Sociology of Knowledge Dispute. Routledge 285--306.