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José A. López Cerezo & José Luis Luján: A Philosophical Approach to the Nature of Risk
161 José A. López Cerezo & José Luis Luján A Philosophical Approach to the Nature of Risk� Few subjects have experienced an academic and social boom as striking as risk studies since the 60s. The lack of unanimity in relation to a unidimensional measure or a general theory, has also made risk studies a fashionable academic field ready for controversy (particularly in science and technology studies). Philosophical analysis also has addressed issues related to risk, mainly ethical and political issues (MacLean, 1986; Shrader-Frechette, 1994; Sunstein, 2002; Lewens, 2007; Luján and López Cerezo, 2012) and also methodological contro- versies in risk assessment (Shrader-Frechette, 1985; Cranor 1992; Luján, 2005; Douglas, 2009; Elliott, 2011). The nature of risk, however, is not present to a great extent in contemporary philosophy. For, with a few exceptions such as N. Rescher, K. Shrader-Frechette, or S. Hansson, this subject has not aroused much interest or debate among professional philosophers.1 In spite of the valuable contribution to the field which could in principle stem from philosophy,2 there are certain shortcomings in the conceptual analysis of risk and scarcely any theoretical reflection about the ontological or epistemo- logical assumptions underlying risk studies. A tentative and preliminary explora- � The research presented in this paper has been supported by the Spanish Ministry of Sci- ence and Innovation’s research projects La explicación basada en mecanismos en la evaluación de riesgos (FFI2010-20227/FISO) and Políticas de la cultura científica (FFI2011-24582/FISO). Partial funding of them was...
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