publication . Article . 2018

Academia between Utopia and Dystopia: Francis Bacon, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Alasdair MacIntyre

Kaźmierczak, Paweł;
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  • Published: 30 Nov 2018 Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of School Education (issn: 2543-8409, eissn: 2543-7585, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Institute of Educational Sciences at Jesuit University Ignatianum in Kraków
Abstract
The paper examines two visions of the relation between science and society through the utopian novel New Atlantis, by Bacon, and the dystopian novella, New Atlantis, by Le Guin. In Francis Bacon’s classic utopia scientists enjoy high social status and have all imaginable resources at their disposal, whereas the contemporary Ursula K. Le Guin's dystopia portrays heroic scientists in a totalitarian state, subjected to imprisonment, torture and constant surveillance for practicing ethical science. Taking cue from these two texts I employ MacIntyre’s framework of internal and external goods of a practice to discuss the relationship between the contemporary academia ...
Subjects
free text keywords: philosophy of education, theory of literature, academia; utopia; Francis Bacon; Ursula K. Le Guin; Alasdair MacIntyre
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