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  1. Bernd Giese, Stefan Koenigstein, Henning Wigger, Jan C. Schmidt & Arnim von Gleich (2013). Rational Engineering Principles in Synthetic Biology: A Framework for Quantitative Analysis and an Initial Assessment. Biological Theory 8 (4):324-333.
    The term “synthetic biology” is a popular label of an emerging biotechnological field with strong claims to robustness, modularity, and controlled construction, finally enabling the creation of new organisms. Although the research community is heterogeneous, it advocates a common denominator that seems to define this field: the principles of rational engineering. However, it still remains unclear to what extent rational engineering—rather than “tinkering” or the usage of random based or non-rational processes—actually constitutes the basis for the techniques of synthetic biology. (...)
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  2. Michael H. G. Hoffmann, Jan C. Schmidt & Nancy J. Nersessian (2013). Philosophy of and as Interdisciplinarity. Synthese 190 (11):1857-1864.
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  3. Michael H. G. Hoffmann, Jan C. Schmidt & Nancy J. Nersessian (2013). Erratum To: Philosophy of and as Interdisciplinarity. [REVIEW] Synthese 190 (11):1975-1975.
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  4. Michael Hg Hoffmann, Jan C. Schmidt & Nancy J. Nersessian (2013). Philosophy of and as Interdisciplinarity. Synthese 190 (11):1857-1864.
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  5. Michael H. G. Hoffmann & Jan C. Schmidt (2011). Philosophy of (and as) Interdisciplinarity. Workshop Report (Atlanta, September 28-29, 2009). Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 42 (1):169 - 175.
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  6. Karen Kastenhofer & Jan C. Schmidt (2011). Technoscientia Est Potentia? Poiesis and Praxis 8 (2-3):125-149.
    Within the realm of nano-, bio-, info- and cogno- (or NBIC) technosciences, the ‘power to change the world’ is often invoked. One could dismiss such formulations as ‘purely rhetorical’, interpret them as rhetorical and self-fulfilling or view them as an adequate depiction of one of the fundamental characteristics of technoscience. In the latter case, a very specific nexus between science and technology, or, the epistemic and the constructionist realm is envisioned. The following paper focuses on this nexus drawing on theoretical (...)
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  7. Jan Schmidt (2011). The Renaissance of Francis Bacon. NanoEthics 5 (1):29-41.
    The program of intervening, manipulating, constructing and creating is central to natural and engineering sciences. A renewed wave of interest in this program has emerged within the recent practices and discourse of nano-technoscience. However, it is striking that, framed from the perspective of well-established epistemologies, the constructed technoscientific objects and engineered things remain invisible. Their ontological and epistemological status is unclear. The purpose of the present paper is to support present-day approaches to techno-objects ( ontology ) insofar as they make (...)
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  8. Jan Schmidt (2011). What is a Problem? Poiesis and Praxis 7 (4):249-274.
    Among others, the term problem plays a major role in the various attempts to characterize interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity, as used synonymously in this paper. Interdisciplinarity (ID) is regarded as problem solving among science, technology and society and as problem orientation beyond disciplinary constraints (cf. Frodeman et al.: The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010). The point of departure of this paper is that the discourse and practice of ID have problems with the problem . The objective here (...)
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  9. Jan C. Schmidt (2011). Experimente am Rande der Stabilität. Über die Brüchigkeit des Stabilisierungsversuchs im Projekt der Moderne. In Gerhard Gamm & Jens Kertscher (eds.), Philosophie in Experimenten: Versuche Explorativen Denkens. Transcript. 161--182.
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  10. Jan C. Schmidt (2011). Toward an Epistemology of Nano-Technosciences. Poiesis and Praxis 8 (2-3):103-124.
    This paper aims to contribute to the attempts to clarify and classify the vague notion of “technosciences” from a historical perspective. A key question that is raised is as follows: Does Francis Bacon, one of the founding fathers of the modern age, provide a hitherto largely undiscovered programmatic position, which might facilitate a more profound understanding of technosciences ? The paper argues that nearly everything we need today for an ontologically well-informed epistemology of technoscience can be found in the works (...)
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  11. Wolfgang Liebert & Jan C. Schmidt (2010). Collingridge's Dilemma and Technoscience. Poiesis and Praxis 7 (1-2):55-71.
    Collingridge’s dilemma is one of the most well-established paradigms presenting a challenge to Technology Assessment (TA). This paper aims to reconstruct the dilemma from an analytic perspective and explicates three assumptions underlying the dilemma: the temporal, knowledge and power/actor assumptions. In the light of the recent transformation of the science, technology and innovation system—in the age of technoscience —these underlying assumptions are called into question. The same result is obtained from a normative angle by Collingridge himself; he criticises the dilemma (...)
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  12. Wolfgang Liebert & Jan C. Schmidt (2010). Towards a Prospective Technology Assessment: Challenges and Requirements for Technology Assessment in the Age of Technoscience. [REVIEW] Poiesis and Praxis 7 (1-2):99-116.
    The objective of this paper is to contribute to the expanding discourse on conceptual elements of TA. As a point of departure, it takes the recent transformation of the science, technology and innovation system ( technoscience ). We will show that the age of technoscience can be regarded as presenting not only a challenge, but also a chance and opportunity for TA. Embracing this opportunity, however, implies imposing several requirements on TA. In order to specify these requirements and to foster (...)
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  13. Jan C. Schmidt (2010). Prospects for a Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity. In Julie Thompson Klein & Carl Mitcham (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. Oup Oxford. 39--42.
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  14. Jan C. Schmidt (2008). Klaus Mainzer, Symmetry and Complexity. The Spirit and Beauty of Nonlinear Science. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 39 (1):173-177.
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  15. Jan C. Schmidt (2007). Die Aktualität der Ethik von Hans Jonas. Eine Kritik der Kritik des Prinzips Verantwortung. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 55 (4):545-569.
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  16. Jan C. Schmidt (2007). Towards a Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity. Poiesis and Praxis 5 (1):53-69.
    This paper aims to contribute to the expanding discourse on inter- and transdisciplinarity. Referring to well-established distinctions in philosophy of science, the paper argues in favor of a plurality of four different dimensions: Interdisciplinarity with regard to (a) objects ( ontology ), (b) knowledge/theories (epistemology), (c) methods/practices (methodology), and further, (d) problem perception/problem solving. Different philosophical thought traditions can be related to these distinguishable meanings. The philosophical framework of the four different dimensions will be illustrated by some of the most (...)
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  17. Jan C. Schmidt (2004). Unbounded Technologies. Working Through the Technological Reductionism of Nanotechnology. In Baird D. (ed.), Discovering the Nanoscale. Ios. 35--50.
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  18. Jan C. Schmidt (2003). Zwischen Berechenbarkeit Und Nichtberechenbarkeit. Die Thematisierung der Berechenbarkeit in der Aktuellen Physik Komplexer Systeme. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 34 (1):99-131.
    Between Calculability and Non-Calculability. Issues of Calculability and Predictability in the Physics of Complex Systems. The ability to predict has been a very important qualifier of what constitutes scientific knowledge, ever since the successes of Babylonian and Greek astronomy. More recent is the general appreciation of the fact that in the presence of deterministic chaos, predictability is severely limited (the so-called ‘butterfly effect’): Nearby trajectories diverge during time evolution; small errors typically grow exponentially with time. The system obeys deterministic (...)
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  19. Jan C. Schmidt (2001). Was umfaßt heute Physik? Aspekte einer nachmodernen Physik. Philosophia Naturalis 38 (2):271-297.
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  20. Jan Hendrik Schmidt (1998). Newcomb's Paradox Realized with Backward Causation. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (1):67-87.
    In order to refute the widely held belief that the game known as ‘Newcomb's paradox’ is physically nonsensical and impossible to imagine (e.g. because it involves backward causation), I tell a story in which the game is realized in a classical, deterministic universe in a physically plausible way. The predictor is a collection of beings which are by many orders of magnitude smaller than the player and which can, with their exquisite measurement techniques, observe the particles in the player's body (...)
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  21. Jan Hendrik Schmidt (1998). Predicting the Motion of Particles in Newtonian Mechanics and Special Relativity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 29 (1):81-122.
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  22. Jan Hendrik Schmidt (1997). Classical Universes Are Perfectly Predictable! Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 28 (4):433-460.
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  23. John H. Winkelman & Janet Schmidt (1974). Associative Confusions in Mental Arithmetic. Journal of Experimental Psychology 102 (4):734.
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