Heideggerian understanding of modern science: the case of european research area

Altınkaya, Tuba
This thesis undertakes the analysis of European Research Area on the basis of Heideggerian conception of modern science. In 2000, European Research Area is initiated by the members of European Union in the light of European policies on knowledge production. European Commission establishes this area on the purpose of creating a large, active and common area where production, circulation and communication of scientific knowledge and researchers are ensured Based on the analysis of official documents of Commission, this study, instead of reading this process as a neoliberal attempt to change the knowledge production process in terms of predominant market relations, discusses these EU policies on knowledge and knowledge production in accord with the Heideggerian understanding of modern science, that is, within the context of a distinct and unified epoch.Thus, European Research Area is scrutinized with regard to three foundational characters of modern science: (1) its institutionalized and (2) specialized character, and (3) its researcher. This thesis asserts that European Research Area is established and furthered by modern science as a specific and unified historical intelligibility which bases the understanding of what and how entities are in modern age.