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THE FOUNDATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE DECENTRALIZATION – A CONDITION FOR FREEDOM

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Author(s): Bogdan ŞTEFANACHI

Journal: Societate şi Politică
ISSN 1843-1348

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 33;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: knowledge | social knowledge | scientific knowledge | freedom

ABSTRACT
Within the economic space or within the social spacethe knowledge is essentially a dispersed one, and through it we must understanda practical knowledge peculiar to individual circumstances. Social knowledge isaccumulated in rules and such rules are not consciously articulated, but instead,their obedience is vital for the efficiency of our actions; moreover, such rulesare very difficult to remove or modify, even if, in a Cartesian manner, we fail indemonstrating their absolute truth. The fact that social sciences generate tacitknowledge represents a crucial element for the liberal political theory because itquestions and ultimately excludes the possibility to plan. In other words, theanalysis of the human behavior within the free market is not necessary arational one, the scale of rationality may be applied only in the case of governintromission (or of any planning authority) in the (tacit) knowledge flow. Therefusal to accept the mosaic structure of the social space represents the directeffect of the attempt to consciously (rationally) coordinate the social processitself under the form of various social and political engineering. Therefore, thedecentralized spontaneous processes express a form of rationality impossible tobe entirely encompassed in the conceptual language which could justify themechanisms of a control center. This thesis of human limited knowledge is anempirical reality or contingent regarding the human being, reality which can bemodified (altered) through technological evolution. It is more a philosophicalthesis concerning the shape in which the knowledge exists in the world and theway in which it becomes accessible to individuals.
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