Sharon Rider

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I was born and raised in New York City. I am Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Uppsala University, where I was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts 2008-2014. I was honored with the Humtank Award (http://humtank.se/humtankpriset-2015-till-sharon-rider/) in 2015 for having “with acuity and courage defended education and academic activity from external controls, short-sighted demands for utility and quality assessment exercises that fail to capture their real value.”

My main research interests are in 19th and 20th century European thought falling within the domain of philosophical anthropology, broadly understood. In recent years, I’ve been working on issues related to education, especially higher education, including themes such as the relationship between linguistic competence and mathematical reasoning, philosophical meditations on the idea of a university, and the cultural conditions of scientific thought. My current focus on vulnerability has to with how the conditions of possibility for thinking, understanding and learning such as real needs, practical utility, custom, and chance, are often misconceived as limitations and barriers, i.e. as obstructions to thinking; I want to show how such conditions are often rather productive of what can count as “knowing” something, proving it, or understanding it. I am working on a range of topics related to the above, including the tension between rural and urban conceptions of what people need to know and be able to do in order to achieve their human potential, and, related to this, the normative discourse involved in the attempt to ameliorate the conditions of those on the “periphery” on the part of the political and economic centers. My most recent publications reflect this focus on the possibilities and limitations of educational institutions and practices for cognitive agency. During the academic year 2016-2017, I was invited to lecture on these topics as a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Swedish Educational Research Association and the international conference “Nordic Fields of Higher Education, as well as in New Zealand (U Waikato), Belgium (U Leuven), Denmark (U Aarhus) and the US (Columbia U). During the academic year 2017-2018, I plan to stay home in Sweden and complete work on a book-length treatment of these issues.

A Couple of Recent Publications in English

2017 Coercion by Necessity or Comprehensive Responsibility? Hannah Arendt on Vulnerability, Freedom and Education. In Phenomenology and the Primacy of the Political. Essays in Honor of Jacques Taminiaux. Véronique Fóti & Pavlos Kontos (eds.) Springer, 155-174.

2017 “Language and Mathematical Formation”. In A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations Michael A. Peters & Jeff Stickney (eds), Springer, 503-516.

2017 Response to Editorial “Education in a Post-Truth World”. In Educational Philosophy and Theory, 22 February, 569-570

Current Projects Academic Year 2017-2018

I collaborate with the Theater Machine’s cultural education project Reclaim the Future, which is part of the EU-program Creative Europe Culture (http://www.creativeeuropeuk.eu/funded-projects/reclaim-future-nomadic-carnivals-change)

I am a founding member of the steering committee of HERO (Higher Education as a Research Object), a network for studies in higher education with funding from the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences at Uppsala University (http://www.edu.uu.se/forskning/utbildningssociologi/natverk/hero/)

In the fall 2017, I will wrap up my Swedish Research Council project, What Should a Swede Know?,

Contact information: sharon.rider@filosofi.uu.se

Selected publications:

The list below is only a representative selection. For more information, see the attached CV.

Monograph

1998 monographAvoiding the Subject: A Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Theories of Subjectivity. Stockholm: Library of Theoria.
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Anthologies

2016“Public Education” (section editor), Encyclopedia for the Philosophy and Theory of Education. Springer (in production).
2016–Series Editor (with Michael Peters), Evaluating Education: Normative Systems and Institutional Practices, Springer.
2013Transformations in Research, Higher Education and the Academic Market: The Breakdown of Scientific Thought, eds. Sharon Rider, Ylva Hasselberg and Alexandra Waluszewski. Dordrecht: Springer 2013.
2008Tankar: Tillägnade Sören Stenlund, eds. Sharon Rider, Niklas Forsberg and Pär Segerdahl. Uppsala Philosophical Studies 54.
2007Reclaim the science!: om vetenskapens avakademisering, eds. Sharon Rider and Anders Jörnesten. Hedemora: Gidlund.
2006Den moderna ensamheten, eds. Maria Karlsson and Sharon Rider. Eslöv: Brutus Östlings bokförlag Symposion.
2006The Idea of the History of Philosophy, guest editor (with Mats Persson), special volume of Lychnos. Swedish Yearbook for the History of Science and Ideas.

Reports

2015Den lönsamma humanioran, Briefing Paper, Timbro, September 2015.
2014Kollegialitet i koncentrat (with Shirin Ahlbäck Öberg and Elin Sundberg) for Arbetsgruppen för utveckling av kollegiala styrformer Vetenskapsområdet för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap, Uppsala universitet..
2000ELSA activities in Sweden: Report on Research Concerning Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Genome Research, ed. Sharon Rider.

Articles

2017Science and speed addiction: the scholar’s vocation in the age of efficiency. In Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy. Volume 2016, issue 2-3: Special issue: Work and Life in Academia.
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2017Response to the editorial ‘Education in a post-truth world’. In Educational Philosophy and Theory. Volume 49, issue 6: Special Section: History Education
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2017Coercion by Necessity or Comprehensive Responsibility? Hannah Arendt on Vulnerability, Freedom and Education. In Phenomenology and the Primacy of the Political: Essays in Honor of Jacques Taminiaux, eds. Véronique Fóti & Pavlos Kontos. Springer International Publishing.
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2017Language and Mathematical Formation. In A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations, eds. Michael A. Peters & Jeff Stickney. Springer Singapore.
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2016Marknadstänkande präglar högre utbildning. In Respons, 1/2016.
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2015Human Freedom and the Philosophical Attitude. In Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol 47/3.
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2015Critical Theory as Metatheory of Education. Entry in the Encyclopedia for the Philosophy and Theory of Education. Springer.
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2015Crowding out Knowledge: Efficiency, Innovation and Higher Education. In The Global Financial Crisis and Educational Restructuring, eds Michael Peters, João M Paraskeva and Tina Besley. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 235-248.
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2014The Very Idea of Higher Education: Vocation of Man or Vocational Training? In The Humboldtian Tradition, eds. Thomas Karlsohn, Peter Josephson & Johan Östling. Leiden: Brill.
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2014Philosophy, Globalization and the Future of the University: A Conversation between Sharon Rider and Michael A. Peters. In Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory.
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2014In Response to Four Contexts for Philosophy of Education and its Relation to Economic Policy: Three Ideal Types. In Education, Philosophy and Political Economy, special issue of Knowledge Cultures, Vol 2/2.
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2013Higher Heteronomy: Thinking Through Higher Education. In Transformations in Research, Higher Education and the Academic Market: The Breakdown of Scientific Thought, eds. Sharon Rider, Ylva Hasselberg & Alexandra Waluszewski. Dordrecht: Springer.
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2013Introduction (with Ylva Hasselberg & Alexandra Waluszewski). In Transformations in Research, Higher Education and the Academic Market: The Breakdown of Scientific Thought, eds. Sharon Rider, Ylva Hasselberg & Alexandra Waluszewski. Dordrecht: Springer.
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2013Conclusion: On the Verge of Breakdown (with Ylva Hasselberg & Alexandra Waluszewski). In Transformations in Research, Higher Education and the Academic Market: The Breakdown of Scientific Thought, eds. Sharon Rider, Ylva Hasselberg & Alexandra Waluszewski. Dordrecht: Springer.
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2013Objectivity in the Human Sciences. In Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, eds. Anne Runehov& Lluis Oviedo. Dordrecht: Springer.
2011On Relativism and Relativity in the Human Sciences. In Making a Difference: Humanism and the Humanities, eds. Susanne Jansson & Niklas Forsberg. Stockholm: Thales.
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2011What is the state of critique today? In Eurozine
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2009The Future of the European University: Liberal Democracy or Authoritarian Capitalism? In Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, Vol. 1, 2009.
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2009Kön och karaktär – några reflektioner om vetenskap. In Ikaros, 2/2009.
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2009Science Machines Making Futures (with Richard Langlais). In Use of Science and Technology in Business: Exploring the Impact of Using Activity for Systems, Innovations and People, eds. E. Baraldi, H. Håkansson, F.  Prenkert, A. Walusewski. Bingley, UK: Emerald.
2008On Philosophical Style (and Substance). In Tankar: Tillägnade Sören Stenlund, eds Sharon Rider, Niklas Forsberg & Pär Segerdahl. Uppsala Philosophical Studies 54.
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2008Innovation’s Debt. In Research Europe, 13 November 2008.
2008Ivory Trade. In Research Europe, 4 September 2008.
2006Reflections on the Discipline of Philosophy and its History. In Lychnos. Swedish Yearbook for the History of Ideas.
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2005Where My Spade Turns: On Philosophy, Nihilism and the Ordinary. In The Recovery of Being: Philosophy, and Ordinary Experience, ed. Nalin Ranasinghe. Chicago: Augustine’s Press.
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2004On Explaining Ourselves (Scientifically): The Case of Language. In Lychnos. Swedish Yearbook for the History of Ideas
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2002How Ordinary is Ordinary Experience? Language in Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. In The Practice of Language, eds. Martin Gustafsson & Lars Hertzberg. Dordrecht: Kluwer
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