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«Larvatus prodeo». For a Critics of the System of Evaluation

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Keywords: Evaluation, Panopticon, Total Quality, Knowledge Economy, Philosophy.

This article discusses the issue of evaluation of research as a governmental dispositive of panoptical control, in the light of a philosophical analysis of the systemic theories of quality management. The capability of evaluation of extracting value from knowledge coincides largely with its capability of inserting it in the global circuit of communication, i.e. of making it visible, accessible, exchangeable. Evaluation therefore acts upstream so that the knowledge produced meets these needs. As a result, knowledge is wholly bent to the demands of the «economy of knowledge» and the individual subjectivities originating it are converted in indifferent producers and anonymous bearers. In the new order and regularity established by evaluation there is no place for the «disturbing» and critical conduct of philosophical thinking.

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