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Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience

Nordmann, Alfred
Schmid, Günter (ed.) (2008):
Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience.
In: Principles and Fundamentals, Weinheim, Wiley, pp. 217-244, [Online-Edition: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/6991],
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Abstract

Nanoscientific research has been characterized as an “engineering way of being in science.” This mode of research calls for a philosophy of technoscience that investigates the four questions: i) What is the role of theory and theory-development in nanoscale research, and what kinds of theories are needed for nanotechnological development? ii) What are the preferred methods and tools and the associated modes of reasoning in nanoscientific research? iii) What is nanotechnoscience and how are its objects constituted? iv) What kind of knowledge do technoscientific researchers typically produce and communicate? The consideration of these questions yields a survey of nanotechnoscience in terms of disciplinary questions (a complex field partially disclosed by stretching closed theories), of methodology (constructions and qualitative judgments of likeness), of ontology (a thin conception of nature as unlimited potential), and of epistemology (acquisition and demonstration of capabilities). In all four cases, the strictly philosophical discussion leads to societal dimensions and questions of value.

Item Type: Book Section
Erschienen: 2008
Editors: Schmid, Günter
Creators: Nordmann, Alfred
Title: Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience
Language: English
Abstract:

Nanoscientific research has been characterized as an “engineering way of being in science.” This mode of research calls for a philosophy of technoscience that investigates the four questions: i) What is the role of theory and theory-development in nanoscale research, and what kinds of theories are needed for nanotechnological development? ii) What are the preferred methods and tools and the associated modes of reasoning in nanoscientific research? iii) What is nanotechnoscience and how are its objects constituted? iv) What kind of knowledge do technoscientific researchers typically produce and communicate? The consideration of these questions yields a survey of nanotechnoscience in terms of disciplinary questions (a complex field partially disclosed by stretching closed theories), of methodology (constructions and qualitative judgments of likeness), of ontology (a thin conception of nature as unlimited potential), and of epistemology (acquisition and demonstration of capabilities). In all four cases, the strictly philosophical discussion leads to societal dimensions and questions of value.

Title of Book: Principles and Fundamentals
Series Name: Nanotechnology
Volume: Vol 1
Place of Publication: Weinheim
Publisher: Wiley
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Philosophy
02 Department of History and Social Science
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2018 20:55
Official URL: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/6991
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-69915
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