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

Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette ; Loeve, Sacha ; Nordmann, Alfred ; Schwarz, Astrid (2018)
Matters of Interest: The Objects of Research in Science and Technoscience.
In: Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 2011, (42)
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Item Type: Article
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Matters of Interest: The Objects of Research in Science and Technoscience
Language: English
Date: 26 February 2018
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2011
Journal or Publication Title: Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Issue Number: 42

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.

Status: Postprint
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-68799
Classification DDC: 000 Generalities, computers, information > 000 Generalities
100 Philosophy and psychology > 100 Philosophy
500 Science and mathematics > 500 Science
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 600 Technology
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Philosophy
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 11:17
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 08:07
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/6879
PPN: 427845742
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