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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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Research Objects in their Technological Setting

Research Objects in their Technological Setting

1st Edition

Edited By Bernadette Bensaude Vincent, Sacha Loeve, Alfred Nordmann, Astrid Schwarz
August 14, 2018

What kind of stuff is the world made of? What is the nature or substance of things? These are ontological questions, and they are usually answered with respect to the objects of science. The objects of technoscience tell a different story that concerns the power, promise and potential of things – ...

Environments of Intelligence From natural information to artificial interaction

Environments of Intelligence: From natural information to artificial interaction

1st Edition

By Hajo Greif
August 24, 2017

What is the role of the environment, and of the information it provides, in cognition? More specifically, may there be a role for certain artefacts to play in this context? These are questions that motivate "4E" theories of cognition (as being embodied, embedded, extended, enactive). In his take on...

A History of Technoscience Erasing the Boundaries between Science and Technology

A History of Technoscience: Erasing the Boundaries between Science and Technology

1st Edition

By David F. Channell
June 01, 2017

Are science and technology independent of one another? Is technology dependent upon science, and if so, how is it dependent? Is science dependent upon technology, and if so how is it dependent? Or, are science and technology becoming so interdependent that the line dividing them has become totally ...

Experiments in Practice

Experiments in Practice

1st Edition

By Astrid Schwarz
February 01, 2017

Traditionally experimentation has been understood as an activity performed within the laboratory, but in the twenty-first century this view is being challenged. Schwarz uses ecological and environmental case studies to show how scientific experiments can transcend the laboratory....

Philosophy, Computing and Information Science

Philosophy, Computing and Information Science

1st Edition

Edited By Ruth Hagengruber, Uwe Riss
January 06, 2017

Over the last four decades computers and the internet have become an intrinsic part of all our lives, but this speed of development has left related philosophical enquiry behind. Featuring the work of computer scientists and philosophers, these essays provide an overview of an exciting new area of ...

Spaceship Earth in the Environmental Age, 1960–1990

Spaceship Earth in the Environmental Age, 1960–1990

1st Edition

By Sabine Höhler
January 06, 2017

The idea of the earth as a vessel in space came of age in an era shaped by space travel and the Cold War. Höhler’s study brings together technology, science and ecology to explore the way this latter-day ark was invoked by politicians, environmentalists, cultural historians, writers of science ...

The Future of Scientific Practice 'Bio-Techno-Logos'

The Future of Scientific Practice: 'Bio-Techno-Logos'

1st Edition

Edited By Marta Bertolaso
January 05, 2017

Focusing on cell dynamics, molecular medicine and robotics, contributors explore the interplay between biological, technological and theoretical ways of thinking. The collection makes a strong contribution to current debates in the philosophy of science and the changing role of scientific practice....

Error and Uncertainty in Scientific Practice

Error and Uncertainty in Scientific Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Marcel Boumans, Giora Hon, Arthur C. Petersen
January 20, 2016

Assessment of error and uncertainty is a vital component of both natural and social science. This edited volume presents case studies of research practices across a wide spectrum of scientific fields. It compares methodologies and presents the ingredients needed for an overarching framework ...

Standardization in Measurement Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

Standardization in Measurement: Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

1st Edition

Edited By Oliver Schlaudt, Lara Huber
July 09, 2015

The application of standard measurement is a cornerstone of modern science. In this collection of essays, standardization of procedure, units of measurement and the epistemology of standardization are addressed by specialists from sociology, history and the philosophy of science....

The Mysterious Science of the Sea, 1775–1943

The Mysterious Science of the Sea, 1775–1943

1st Edition

By Natascha Adamowsky
July 09, 2015

The depths of the oceans are the last example of terra incognita on earth. Adamowsky presents a study of the sea, arguing that – contrary to popular belief – post-Enlightenment discourse on the sea was still subject to mystery and wonder, and not wholly rationalized by science....

Scientists' Expertise as Performance Between State and Society, 1860–1960

Scientists' Expertise as Performance: Between State and Society, 1860–1960

1st Edition

Edited By Joris Vandendriessche, Evert Peeters, Kaat Wils
January 14, 2015

The essays in this collection explore our reliance on experts within a historical context and across a wide range of fields, including agriculture, engineering, health sciences and labour management. Contributors argue that experts were highly aware of their audiences and used performance to gain ...

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