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Digitality, (Un)knowledge, and the Ontological Character of Non-Knowledge


The dialectic between knowledge and non-knowl-edge may obscure the very fact that digitization has also “remedied” knowledge, lending it the character of a commodity instead of a norm (which it was previously considered, despite the disagree-ment on its proper characterization entertained by philosophers and epistemologists). Hence, one is required to situate not only non-knowledge vis-à-vis knowledge but also knowledge vis-à-vis digitization and a third term I would call “unknowledge.” Non-knowledge is taken to be a necessary condition of many phenomena that are not reducible to knowledge, which, at the same time, is threatened by the generalization of digitally fueled unknowledge.

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Monnin, Alexandre: Digitality, (Un)knowledge, and the Ontological Character of Non-Knowledge. In: Bernard, Andreas;Koch, Matthias;Leeker, Martina: Non-Knowledge and Digital Cultures. Lüneburg: meson press 2018, S. 105-121. DOI: 10.25969/mediarep/1607.
 author = {Monnin, Alexandre},
 title = {Digitality, (Un)knowledge, and the Ontological Character of Non-Knowledge},
 year = 2018,
 doi = {10.25969/mediarep/1607},
 editor = {Bernard, Andreas and Koch, Matthias and Leeker, Martina},
 address = {Lüneburg},
 booktitle = {Non-Knowledge and Digital Cultures},
 pages = {105--121},
 publisher = {meson press},
 isbn = {978-3-95796-126-6},
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