BOOK EVENT: Hans Radder - From Commodification to the Common Good

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What Symposium
When 16-02-2022
from 14:00 till 17:00
Where FORUM room - Gents Universiteitsmuseum (GUM) / Online
Organized by Massimiliano Simons

Book Event - Hans Radder ‘'From Commodification to the Common Good'

* This is a hybrid event, and can be followed in person, but also online. Link will soon follow *


Time: 16 February, 2 – 5:30 pm, CET

Location: FORUM room, Gents Universiteitsmuseum (GUM) / Online


Description: The commodification of science—often identified with commercialization, or the selling of expertise and research results and the “capitalization of knowledge” in academia and beyond—has been investigated as a threat to the autonomy of science and academic culture and criticized for undermining the social responsibility of modern science. In From Commodification to the Common Good, Hans Radder revisits the commodification of the sciences from a philosophical perspective to focus instead on a potential alternative, the notion of public-interest science.

At this event, we will revisit this book, and offer three other scholars the opportunity to critically assess Radder’s arguments in his book, to discuss the future of scientific knowledge in the 21th century. More concretely, the book addresses three major themes, for which we have invited three speakers:

  1. Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam) will comment on the relationship between science and technology
  2. Sigrid Sterckx (Ghent University) will comment on commodification, patenting and (economic) public goods in science
  3. Koen Vermeir (CNRS) will comment on ideals of 'public interest' and 'common good' in science and technology


Program: The program will look as follows, with plenty of room for debate with the audience:

2:00 – 2:45 pm – Presentation of book by Hans Radder

2:45 – 3:30 pm – Comment 1 by Federica Russo & reply by Hans Radder

3:30 – 4:00 pm – Break

4:00 – 4:45 pm – Comment 2 by Sigrid Sterckx & reply by Hans Radder

4:45 – 5:30 pm – Comment 3 by Koen Vermeir & reply by Hans Radder



For more information, contact Massimiliano Simons