NanoEthics 12 (2):155-172 (2018)

Anouk Heltzel
Vrije University
Synthetic biology is an emerging technology that asks for inclusive reflection on how people frame the field. To unravel how we can facilitate such reflection, this study evaluates the Frame Reflection Lab. Building upon playfulness design principles, the FRL comprises a workshop with video-narratives and co-creative group exercises. We studied how the FRL facilitated frame reflection by organizing workshops with various student groups. Analysis of 12 group conversations and 158 mini-exit surveys yielded patterns in first-order reflection as well as patterns in second-order reflection. Also patterns in participants’ framing of synthetic biology could be induced; participants’ viewpoints converged to some extent, yet with openness to individual viewpoint differences. Although the FRL method fortified the reflection processes of participants, the narratives and the workshop’s flexible format could inhibit the reflection too. Therefore, we advise designers of future frame reflection methods to apply stronger conversational facilitation and narratives of slightly mysterious yet identifiable narrators, in case e.g. video-narratives are created and used to scaffold the reflection process. Nevertheless, we argue that the use of a playful frame reflection method like the FRL could function well as a step to precede more application-specific deliberation or decision-making on synthetic biology and as a method for the collection of contemporary citizen viewpoints plus rationales underlying these, for the further responsible development of the emerging field.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11569-018-0318-9
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 57,138
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

More on Full Reflection Below $${\Aleph_\Omega}$$.James Cummings & Dorshka Wylie - 2010 - Archive for Mathematical Logic 49 (6):659-671.
Reflection On: On Reflection.Declan Smithies - 2016 - Analysis 76 (1):55-69.
Does Kant Demand Explanations for All Synthetic A Priori Claims?Colin Marshall - 2014 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (3):549-576.
Semistationary and Stationary Reflection.Hiroshi Sakai - 2008 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 73 (1):181-192.
Skilful Reflection as a Master Virtue.Chienkuo Mi & Shane Ryan - 2020 - Synthese 197 (6):2295-2308.
Locke's Theory of Reflection.Kevin Scharp - 2008 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (1):25 – 63.
Facilitating Reflection Among Family Literacy Participants.Donald J. Yarosz & Susan Willar Fountain - 2003 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 23 (1-2):39-43.
On Reflection.Hilary Kornblith - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
Does Reflection Lead to Wise Choices?Lisa Bortolotti - 2011 - Philosophical Explorations 14 (3):297-313.
Critical Reflection, Self-Knowledge, and the Emotions.Catriona Mackenzie - 2002 - Philosophical Explorations 5 (3):186-206.


Added to PP index

Total views
20 ( #514,307 of 2,411,684 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #244,611 of 2,411,684 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes