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Matters of Interest: The Objects of Research in Science and Technoscience

Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette and Loeve, Sacha and Nordmann, Alfred and Schwarz, Astrid (2011):
Matters of Interest: The Objects of Research in Science and Technoscience.
In: Journal for General Philosophy of Science, pp. 365-383, (42), [Online-Edition: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/6879],
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Abstract

This discussion paper proposes that a meaningful distinction between science and technoscience can be found at the level of the objects of research. Both notions intermingle in the attitudes, intentions, programs and projects of researchers and research institutions – that is, on the side of the subjects of research. But the difference between science and technoscience becomes more explicit when research results are presented in particular settings and when the objects of research are exhibited for the specific interest they hold. When an experiment is presented as scientific evidence which confirms or disconfirms a hypothesis, this agrees with traditional conceptions of science. When organic molecules are presented for their capacity to serve individually as electric wires that carry surprisingly large currents, this would be a hallmark of technoscience. Accordingly, we propose research on the ontology of research objects. The focus on the material presence of research objects makes this a specifically philosophical project.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2011
Creators: Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette and Loeve, Sacha and Nordmann, Alfred and Schwarz, Astrid
Title: Matters of Interest: The Objects of Research in Science and Technoscience
Language: English
Abstract:

This discussion paper proposes that a meaningful distinction between science and technoscience can be found at the level of the objects of research. Both notions intermingle in the attitudes, intentions, programs and projects of researchers and research institutions – that is, on the side of the subjects of research. But the difference between science and technoscience becomes more explicit when research results are presented in particular settings and when the objects of research are exhibited for the specific interest they hold. When an experiment is presented as scientific evidence which confirms or disconfirms a hypothesis, this agrees with traditional conceptions of science. When organic molecules are presented for their capacity to serve individually as electric wires that carry surprisingly large currents, this would be a hallmark of technoscience. Accordingly, we propose research on the ontology of research objects. The focus on the material presence of research objects makes this a specifically philosophical project.

Journal or Publication Title: Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Number: 42
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/6879
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-68799
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