IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(7): 646-650 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.533

Epistemic Communities and Epistemic Operating Mode

Marianna Y. Smirnova and Sergey Y. Yachin
Abstract—The article deals with the phenomenon of epistemic communities. The concept (and the term) was coined by P. Haas in the late XX century in an attempt to analyze functions and political prospects of expert and professional knowledge in the modern knowledge-based society. The concept has been used widely during the recent decades in sociology of knowledge, policy studies and social philosophy. However, no (or very few) attempts to rethink the concept of epistemic communities have been made, despite some critical remarks. The article gives a review of research into epistemic communities and introduces the concept of epistemic mode in order to rethink the concept and make clear operational mechanisms of epistemic communities as a specific form of knowledge (expert) communities.

Index Terms—Epistemic communities, experts communities, epistemic mode, knowledge-based society.

The authors are with the Far Eastern Federal University, School of Regional and International Studies (e-mail: marianna.y.smirnova@gmail.com, yachin@land.ru).

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Cite: Marianna Y. Smirnova and Sergey Y. Yachin, " Epistemic Communities and Epistemic Operating Mode," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 7, pp. 646-650, 2015.

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