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Modeling Technoscience and Nanotechnology Assessment

Perspectives and Dilemmas


Ewa Binczyk and Tomasz Stepien

This book is presented by two authors who worked in close cooperation. The first part is written by Ewa Bińczyk and discusses various postulates that have been formulated in response to the problem of the unwanted side-effects of the practical success of technoscience which derive from two theoretical perspectives: the study of risk and science and technology studies (STS), inspired by actor-network theory (ANT). In the second part of the book Tomasz Stępień analyses and characterizes the nano-domain as an example of the development of techno-sciences. Generally, in the case of nanotechnology this book calibrates reciprocally to each other the indeed familiar but also slightly different theoretical approaches established in the philosophy of science and technology.
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Caring about the future of the collective. Monitoring technoscience in the sociology of risk and science and technology studies (by Ewa Bińczyk)

A. Starting point

The modern shape of technoscience

B. Proposals

Beck’s cosmopolitanism and the challenges posed by the risk society

Latour’s “politics of nature”

Transformation of the boundary conditions of the public debate on innovation

Concrete ways of expanding participation (and their respective weaknesses)

The Precautionary Principle, Technology Assessment (TA) and select examples of other institutional solutions

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