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 developments.
1. Introduction: The Life and Times of Nanotechnology and Its Governance
2. Umbrella terms as mediators in the governance of emerging science and technology
(with Jan-Peter Voβ)
3. Dual dynamics of promises and waiting games around emerging nanotechnologies
(with Alireza Parandian and Haico te Kulve)
4. Folk Theories of Nanotechnologists
5. Emerging de facto Agendas Around Nanotechnology: Two Cases full of Contingencies, Lock-outs, and Lock-ins
(with Marloes van Amerom)
6. Positions and responsibilities in the "real" world of nanotechnology
(with Clare Shelley-Egan)
7. De facto governance of nanotechnologies
8. Constructive Technology Assessment and the Methodology of Insertion
(with Douglas K.R. Robinson)
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).