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History and Philosophy of Technoscience


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Even though technoscientific research is as old as alchemy and pharmacy, agricultural research and synthetic chemistry, philosophers of science had little to say about it until recently. This book series is the first to explicitly accept the challenge to study not just technical aspects of theory development and hypothesis testing, but the specific ways in which knowledge is produced in a technological setting. When one seeks to achieve basic capabilities of manipulation, visualization, or predictive control, how are problems defined and research fields established, what kinds of explanations are sought, how are findings validated, what are the contributions of different kinds of expertise, how do epistemic and social values enter into the research process? And most importantly for civic observers of contemporary research: how is robustness and reliability achieved even in the absence of complete scientific understanding?

Editorial Board: Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen), Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (University of Paris, Sorbonne), Martin Carrier (University of Bielefeld), Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds), Don Howard (University of Notre Dame), Ann Johnson (Cornell University), Cyrus Mody (Maastricht University), Maureen O'Malley (University of Sydney), Roger Strand (University of Bergen), Nancy Tuana (Pennsylvania State University).

Direct inquiries to Alfred Nordmann [e-mail link: nordmann@phil.tu-darmstadt.de] or Robert Langham [e-mail link: robert.langham@informa.com].

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Perspectives on Classification in Synthetic Sciences: Unnatural Kinds

Perspectives on Classification in Synthetic Sciences: Unnatural Kinds

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Julia R. S. Bursten
July 12, 2019

This volume launches a new series of contemporary conversations about scientific classification. Most philosophical conversations about kinds have focused centrally or solely on natural kinds, that is, kinds whose existence is not dependent on the scientific process of synthesis. This volume...

Nanotechnology and Its Governance

Nanotechnology and Its Governance

1st Edition

Arie Rip
June 13, 2019

This book charts the development of nanotechnology in relation to society from the early years of the twenty-first century. It offers a sustained analysis of the life of nanotechnology, from the laboratory to society, from scientific promises to societal governance, and attempts to modulate...

The Past, Present, and Future of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science

The Past, Present, and Future of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science

1st Edition

Emily Herring, Kevin Matthew Jones, Konstantin S. Kiprijanov, Laura M Sellers
May 16, 2019

Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (iHPS) is commonly understood as the study of science from a combined historical and philosophical perspective. Yet, since its gradual formation as a research field, the question of how to suitably integrate both perspectives remains open. This volume...

The Reform of the International System of Units (SI): Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

The Reform of the International System of Units (SI): Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

1st Edition

Nadine de Courtenay, Olivier Darrigol, Oliver Schlaudt
January 22, 2019

Systems of units still fail to attract the philosophical attention they deserve, but this could change with the current reform of the International System of Units (SI). Most of the SI base units will henceforth be based on certain laws of nature and a choice of fundamental constants whose values...

From Models to Simulations

From Models to Simulations

1st Edition

Franck Varenne
September 06, 2018

This book analyses the impact computerization has had on contemporary science and explains the origins, technical nature and epistemological consequences of the current decisive interplay between technology and science: an intertwining of formalism, computation, data acquisition, data and...

Visual Representations in Science: Concept and Epistemology

Visual Representations in Science: Concept and Epistemology

1st Edition

Nicola Mößner
May 23, 2018

Chapter 4 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs  under a CC-BY 3.0 license. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tandfbis/rt-files/docs/Open+Access+Chapters/9781138089938_CCBYoachapter4.pdf Visual representations (photographs, diagrams, etc.) play crucial roles in...

Environments of Intelligence: From natural information to artificial interaction

Environments of Intelligence: From natural information to artificial interaction

1st Edition

Hajo Greif
August 23, 2017

What is the role of the environment, and of the information it provides, in cognition? More specifically, may there be a role for certain artefacts to play in this context? These are questions that motivate "4E" theories of cognition (as being embodied, embedded, extended, enactive). In his take on...

A History of Technoscience: Erasing the Boundaries between Science and Technology

A History of Technoscience: Erasing the Boundaries between Science and Technology

1st Edition

David F. Channell
May 30, 2017

Are science and technology independent of one another? Is technology dependent upon science, and if so, how is it dependent? Is science dependent upon technology, and if so how is it dependent? Or, are science and technology becoming so interdependent that the line dividing them has become totally...

Research Objects in their Technological Setting

Research Objects in their Technological Setting

1st Edition

Bernadette Bensaude Vincent, Sacha Loeve, Alfred Nordmann, Astrid Schwarz
March 03, 2017

What kind of stuff is the world made of? What is the nature or substance of things? These are ontological questions, and they are usually answered with respect to the objects of science. The objects of technoscience tell a different story that concerns the power, promise and potential of things –...

Reasoning in Measurement

Reasoning in Measurement

1st Edition

Nicola Mößner, Alfred Nordmann
February 22, 2017

This collection offers a new understanding of the epistemology of measurement. The interdisciplinary volume explores how measurements are produced, for example, in astronomy and seismology, in studies of human sexuality and ecology, in brain imaging and intelligence testing. It considers...

Experiments in Practice

Experiments in Practice

1st Edition

Astrid Schwarz
January 31, 2017

Traditionally experimentation has been understood as an activity performed within the laboratory, but in the twenty-first century this view is being challenged. Schwarz uses ecological and environmental case studies to show how scientific experiments can transcend the laboratory....

Philosophy, Computing and Information Science

Philosophy, Computing and Information Science

1st Edition

Ruth Hagengruber, Uwe Riss
January 06, 2017

Over the last four decades computers and the internet have become an intrinsic part of all our lives, but this speed of development has left related philosophical enquiry behind. Featuring the work of computer scientists and philosophers, these essays provide an overview of an exciting new area of...

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