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.