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A Modern Guide to Knowledge

From Knowledge Economies to Knowledge in the Anthropocene

9781800378629 Edward Elgar Publishing
Francisco Javier Carrillo, President, The World Capital Institute and Emeritus Professor of Knowledge Based Development, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México
Publication Date: November 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 862 9 Extent: c 464 pp
Outlining an integrative theory of knowledge, Francisco Javier Carrillo explores how to understand the underlying behavioural basis of the knowledge economy and society. Chapters highlight the notion that unless a knowledge-based value creation and distribution paradigm is globally adopted, the possibilities for integration between a sustainable biosphere and a viable economy are small.

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Outlining an integrative theory of knowledge, Francisco Javier Carrillo explores how to understand the underlying behavioural basis of the knowledge economy and society. Chapters highlight the notion that unless a knowledge-based value creation and distribution paradigm is globally adopted, the possibilities for integration between a sustainable biosphere and a viable economy are small.

This Modern Guide provides an overview of where we are regarding the knowledge economy and society, how its current form took shape, and how our understanding has evolved from the grounds of the philosophy of knowledge, to include the current branches of the sciences of knowledge. Carrillo further examines the challenges of the Anthropocene and how modern knowledge systems might need to change radically to meet them. The Modern Guide then moves to focus on the integration of epistemic, theoretical, technical, and political developments in several fields of knowledge-related aspects of economy and society to offer a more integrated view.

Multidisciplinary and thorough, this will be an interesting read for scholars of knowledge, society and the environment, as well as students looking at ways to re-evaluate knowledge more broadly. Policymakers and governmental analysts will also benefit from the discussing of the unviability of our current economic culture and the potential options for the future.
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‘Francisco Javier Carrillo tackles the most existential challenge of our time, the need for an environmentally viable economic system. He provides a sound and hopeful answer based on unlocking the potential and value of knowledge. Carrillo does this with his characteristic wisdom, clarity, and poeticism. His book delivers richly on his own call for action to advance knowledge about ourselves in the world.’
– Velina Petrova, Knowledge for Impact Director, Oxfam International, US

‘If we know that we are doing things that will imperil future generations, yet fail to change our behavior, then what good is knowledge? The author proposes that the solution to humanity’s ecological quandary must entail a re-assessment of what kinds of knowledge are important–in other words, how knowledge is valued. This is a thoughtful book about thinking, informed by the author’s carefully examined ethical principles. It offers an example of the kind of thinking that is essential if organized human society is to survive past this century.’
– Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute, US and author, Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival
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