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History and Philosophy of Technoscience

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Even though technoscientific research is as old as alchemy and pharmacy, agricultural research and synthetic chemistry, philosophers of science had little to say about it until recently. This book series is the first to explicitly accept the challenge to study not just technical aspects of theory development and hypothesis testing but the specific ways in which knowledge is produced in a technological setting. When one seeks to achieve basic capabilities of manipulation, visualization, or predictive control, how are problems defined and research fields established, what kinds of explanations are sought, how are findings validated, what are the contributions of different kinds of expertise, how do epistemic and social values enter into the research process? And most importantly for civic observers of contemporary research: how is robustness and reliability achieved even in the absence of complete scientific understanding?

Editorial Board: Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen), Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (University of Paris, Sorbonne), Martin Carrier (University of Bielefeld), Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds), Don Howard (University of Notre Dame), Ann Johnson (Cornell University), Cyrus Mody (Maastricht University), Maureen O'Malley (University of Sydney), Roger Strand (University of Bergen), Nancy Tuana (Pennsylvania State University).

Direct inquiries to Alfred Nordmann [e-mail link: [email protected]] or Robert Langham [e-mail link: [email protected]].

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Translations of Responsibility Innovation Governance in Three European Regions

Translations of Responsibility: Innovation Governance in Three European Regions

1st Edition

By Thomas Völker, Rasmus Slaattelid, Roger Strand
December 21, 2023

In 2020, a group of European researchers got a European Union (EU) grant to do a project called TRANSFORM. The objective of TRANSFORM was to integrate the principle of responsible research and innovation (RRI) into the research and innovation policies of three European regions: Lombardy, Brussels, ...

Living in a Nuclear World From Fukushima to Hiroshima

Living in a Nuclear World: From Fukushima to Hiroshima

1st Edition

Edited By Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Soraya Boudia, Kyoko Sato
September 25, 2023

The Fukushima disaster invites us to look back and probe how nuclear technology has shaped the world we live in, and how we have come to live with it. Since the first nuclear detonation (Trinity test) and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all in 1945, nuclear technology has profoundly ...

Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity Studies in Science, Society and Sustainability

Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity: Studies in Science, Society and Sustainability

1st Edition

By Jan Cornelius Schmidt
September 25, 2023

Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of contemporary knowledge production. This book introduces a Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity at the intersection of science, society and sustainability. In light of the ambivalence of the technosciences and the challenge of sustainable development in the ...

Hermeneutics, History, and Technology The Call of the Future

Hermeneutics, History, and Technology: The Call of the Future

1st Edition

Edited By Armin Grunwald, Alfred Nordmann, Martin Sand
June 01, 2023

For better and worse, the future is often conceived in technological terms. Technology is supposed to meet the challenge of climate change or resource depletion. And when one asks about the world in 20 or 100 years, answers typically revolve around AI, genome editing, or geoengineering.   There is ...

Material Hermeneutics Reversing the Linguistic Turn

Material Hermeneutics: Reversing the Linguistic Turn

1st Edition

By Don Ihde
May 31, 2023

Material Hermeneutics explores the ways in which new imaging technologies and scientific instruments have changed our notions about ancient history. From the first lunar calendar to the black hole image, and from an ancient mummy in the Italian Alps to the irrigated valleys of Mesopotamia...

Post-Truth Imaginations New Starting Points for Critique of Politics and Technoscience

Post-Truth Imaginations: New Starting Points for Critique of Politics and Technoscience

1st Edition

Edited By Kjetil Rommetveit
May 31, 2023

This book engages with post-truth as a problem of societal order and for scholarly analysis. It claims that post-truth discourse is more deeply entangled with main Western imaginations of knowledge societies than commonly recognised. Scholarly responses to post-truth have not fully addressed these ...

Visual Representations in Science Concept and Epistemology

Visual Representations in Science: Concept and Epistemology

1st Edition

By Nicola Mößner
December 18, 2020

Visual representations (photographs, diagrams, etc.) play crucial roles in scientific processes. They help, for example, to communicate research results and hypotheses to scientific peers as well as to the lay audience. In genuine research activities they are used as evidence or as surrogates for ...

Reflections on the Practice of Physics James Clerk Maxwell’s Methodological Odyssey in Electromagnetism

Reflections on the Practice of Physics: James Clerk Maxwell’s Methodological Odyssey in Electromagnetism

1st Edition

By Giora Hon, Bernard R. Goldstein
February 25, 2020

This monograph examines James Clerk Maxwell’s contributions to electromagnetism to gain insight into the practice of science by focusing on scientific methodology as applied by scientists. First and foremost, this study is concerned with practices that are reflected in scientific texts and the ways...

Perspectives on Classification in Synthetic Sciences Unnatural Kinds

Perspectives on Classification in Synthetic Sciences: Unnatural Kinds

1st Edition

Edited By Julia Bursten
July 08, 2019

This volume launches a new series of contemporary conversations about scientific classification. Most philosophical conversations about kinds have focused centrally or solely on natural kinds, that is, kinds whose existence is not dependent on the scientific process of synthesis. This volume ...

Nanotechnology and Its Governance

Nanotechnology and Its Governance

1st Edition

By Arie Rip
June 10, 2019

This book charts the development of nanotechnology in relation to society from the early years of the twenty-first century. It offers a sustained analysis of the life of nanotechnology, from the laboratory to society, from scientific promises to societal governance, and attempts to modulate ...

The Past, Present, and Future of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science

The Past, Present, and Future of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science

1st Edition

Edited By Emily Herring, Kevin Jones, Konstantin Kiprijanov, Laura Sellers
May 20, 2019

Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (iHPS) is commonly understood as the study of science from a combined historical and philosophical perspective. Yet, since its gradual formation as a research field, the question of how to suitably integrate both perspectives remains open. This volume ...

The Reform of the International System of Units (SI) Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

The Reform of the International System of Units (SI): Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

1st Edition

Edited By Nadine de Courtenay, Olivier Darrigol, Oliver Schlaudt
January 21, 2019

Systems of units still fail to attract the philosophical attention they deserve, but this could change with the current reform of the International System of Units (SI). Most of the SI base units will henceforth be based on certain laws of nature and a choice of fundamental constants whose values ...

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