Social responsibility of science

Keywords: postmodernism, anti-science culture, pro-social activity, third mission of the university

Abstract

This article tackles the problem of social involvement by academics and researchers. The author defines social responsibility widely as the involvement of knowledge, academics and educational institutions in solving the problems of the local community. The concept predicts that this can come about not only by disseminating research results, but also by involvement in  pro-social activity without loss of autonomy. The author shows that this can be a way of building trust in science, as well as being a tool in opposing the anti-science culture. It can also be a means of rebuilding the status of science in a world of information bubbles and fake news.

Author Biography

Aleksander Kobylarek, University of Wrocław, Institute of Pedagogy, ul. Dawida 1/3, 50-527 Wrocław, Poland

PhD in humanities, assistant professor at the University of Wrocław (Poland) in Departament of Pedagogy, manager of the University of the Third Age in the University of Wrocław up to 2016, author of more than 100 scientific publications, including articles, books, chapters, editor-in-chief of international scientific "Journal of Education Culture and Society" and "Ogrody Nauk i Sztuk (Gardens of Science and Arts).

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Published
2019-09-02
How to Cite
Kobylarek, A. (2019). Social responsibility of science. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 10(2), 5-11. https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs20192.5.11