Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden (2018)

Longer-term developments shape the present and endogenous futures of institutions and practices of science and technology in society and their governance. Understanding the patterns allows diagnosis and soft intervention, often linked to scenario exercises. The book collects six articles offering key examples of this perspective, addressing ongoing issues in the governance of science and technology, including nanotechnology and responsible research and innovation. And adds two more articles that address background philosophical issues.
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Interlocking Socio-Technical Worlds

As part of the procedure when I applied for the chair of Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Twente, I had to give a presentation about a topic of my own choice. So on April 13, 1987, the Appointment Committee could listen to me presenting ‘Repertoires en gekoppelde sociale wer... see more

Technology as Prospective Ontology

Engineers add to the furniture of the world, and thus shift its ontology – if we use the term “ontology” in a simplistic way . This ‘adding” is not a simple, linear activity of first making something, and making it available, which is then added to the world. There is a strong prospective element. A... see more

The Past and Future of RRI

Within the space of a few years, the idea of Responsible Research and Innovation, and its acronym RRI, catapulted from an obscure phrase to an issue in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Program, to a topic of conferences and edited volumes . Without using the exact term, a discourse on responsi... see more

Constructive Technology Assessment

In the 1984 Policy Memorandum on Integration of Science and Technology in Society , there was a plea for broadening design and development of technology by including more aspects and more actors, and to see this as a constructive way of doing technology assessment . On the basis of the Policy Memora... see more

De facto Governance of Nanotechnologies

New and emerging technologies, especially nanotechnologies with the structural uncertainties about their eventual functionalities and risks, are a challenge to governance. Regulatory agencies in Europe and the USA review existing regulation and consider voluntary reporting as a transitional measure.... see more

Processes of Technological Innovation in Context – and Their Modulation

Technological innovation in context has been studied by economists and sociologists of technical change and innovation. I shall present the insights and perspectives from this body of literature , in order to highlight the dynamics of technological innovation processes and the possibilities to influ... see more

Science Institutions and Grand Challenges of Society: A Scenario

Science and technology can, and should, play a role in meeting “grand challenges” of society. But how, exactly?

Protected Spaces of Science: Their Emergence and Further Evolution in a Changing World

Most often, discussions of ongoing changes in science in society are framed, by actors as well as analysts, in terms of science-as-we-know-it. In fact, the reference is often to science as-we-knew-it, to a Golden Age when things were better. Indicative is how US President Obama’s phrase, in his inau... see more


Social scientists are tempted to offer a distantiated view, from above – and thus from nowhere –, and do so by inclination and/or to avoid biases. The other extreme, to identify with actors, as in versions of action research and so-called normative approaches, is not a real alternative. My approach ... see more

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