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Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience

Nordmann, Alfred
ed.: Schmid, Günter (2018)
Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience.
In: Principles and Fundamentals, 2008
Book Section, Secondary publication

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Item Type: Book Section
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Philosophy of NanoTechnoScience
Language: English
Date: 26 February 2018
Place of Publication: Weinheim
Year of primary publication: 2008
Publisher: Wiley
Book Title: Principles and Fundamentals
Series: Nanotechnology
Series Volume: 1

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.

URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-69915
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
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering and machine engineering
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Philosophy
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 11:34
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2023 10:19
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/6991
PPN: 427845947
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