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Badacz jako świadek: między wiedzą uniwersalną a lokalną
The Researcher as a Witness: Between Universal and Local Knowledge

Author(s): Małgorzata Sugiera
Subject(s): Epistemology, Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of History
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: practices of testimony; culture of fact; scientific revolution; virtual witness; situational knowledge;

Summary/Abstract: Sugiera briefly surveys the three practices of witnessing that were prominent in the later decades of the twentieth century. Against this background she introduces a fourth practice, in which the researcher acts as a witness and the research findings become a testimony. Sugiera evokes the times of the great geographical discoveries, when the paradigm of modern sciences was emerging based on the concept of the “fact” derived from the legal world and inevitably assuming the existence of witnesses and testimonies. She then presents definitions of the “virtual witness” and the “modest witness” to introduce recent notions such as Haraway’s situational knowledge and Hunter’s situational textuality as well as their practical implementations.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 253-266
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish