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Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience

Nordmann, Alfred
Schmid, Günter (ed.) (2008):
Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience.
In: Nanotechnology, Vol 1, In: Principles and Fundamentals, pp. 217-244, Weinheim, Wiley, [Book Section]

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Item Type: Book Section
Title: Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience
Language: English

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.

Book Title: Principles and Fundamentals
Series: Nanotechnology
Series Volume: Vol 1
Place of Publication: Weinheim
Publisher: Wiley
Classification DDC: 000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft > 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft
100 Philosophie und Psychologie > 100 Philosophie
500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik > 500 Naturwissenschaften
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 600 Technik
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Philosophy
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 11:34
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 11:34
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-69915
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/6991
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