Student occupation of university buildings in Amsterdam and elsewhere around the world earlier this year comes to mind when we think about high running emotions concerning what the university is or better said – what it should be. This seems worlds away from the Wageningen experience. Student Council party CSF (Christian Student Party) in cooperation with Studium Generale invite you to gain insights into what all the fuss has been about. In a unique Dutch/English two pronged event, two experts will explore the conceptualisation of terms such as "Bildung" and place these in historical context to gain a better understanding of the evolution of universities and the dynamics underpinning unrest there-within.
The Present University and its Future
Hans Radder (Emeritus Prof. Philosophy of Science and Technology, VU)
Amid the diverse frustrations voiced by students during their university building occupations, were claims about the current dynamics at play in the relationship between science, society, markets/economy and the role of universities and university education there-within. Hans Radder (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology, VU) will explore these dynamics and he will discuss the alternatives put forward by advocates of the New University.
Hans Radder ‘s expertise and research interests are in scientific observation and experimentation; scientific realism; historical, epistemological and ontological issues concerning (scientific) concepts; the normative and political significance of (recent) science and technology; the commodification of academic research.