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Knowledge, meaning and work: threats to academic freedom in the world of research

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Aladro Vico discusses the nature and conditions of cognitive work, defined as the kind of work that enhances human knowledge. This work is specially linked to human freedom because it occurs it in any activity carried by an individual. One of the most important sources of cognitive work is education and research institutions. Today's research and academic working conditions endanger and shorten the natural freedom that characterises and surrounds cognitive work. This means that development of this activity is very deeply affected. Consequently, knowledge extension, innovation and productive research are also curtailed. To prevent losing the richness of cognitive work, it is necessary to ensure its main conditions of development, linked to some academic working requirements, such as the opening of free thresholds of time and space extension, and relaxed conditions for reflection and perception, which are being threatened by the current globalized and productivistic system at Academia.
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This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in Handbook on Academic Freedom edited by Richard Watermeyer, Rille Raaper and Mark Olssen, published in 2022, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788975919 ISBN Print ISBN: 9781788975902 e ISBN: 9781788975919 Versión pre-print del capítulo Knowledge, meaning and work: threats to academic freedom in the world of research en el libro Handbook on Academic Freedom editado por Richard Watermeyer, Rille Raaper y Mark Olssen, publicado in 2022, por Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788975919 Print ISBN: 9781788975902 eISBN: 9781788975919
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Aladro Vico, E. (2022) Knowledge, meaning and work: threats to academic freedom in the world of research. In Handbook on Academic Freedom edited by Richard Watermeyer, Rille Raaper and Mark Olssen, published in 2022, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788975919