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  1. If and Then: A Critique of Speculative Nanoethics. [REVIEW]Alfred Nordmann - 2007 - NanoEthics 1 (1):31-46.
    Most known technology serves to ingeniously adapt the world to the physical and mental limitations of human beings. Humankind has acquired awesome power with its rather limited means. Nanotechnological capabilities further this power. On some accounts, however, nanotechnological research will contribute to a rather different kind of technological development, namely one that changes human beings so as to remove or reduce their physical and mental limitations. The prospect of this technological development has inspired a fair amount of ethical debate. Here, (...)
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  2. Philosophical Occasions: 1912-1951.James Klagge & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - 1993 - Hackett Publishing Company.
    An essential resource for students of Wittgenstein, this collection contains faithful, in some cases expanded and corrected, versions of many important pieces never before available in a single volume, including Notes for the 'Philosophical Lecture', published here for the first time. Fifteen selections, with bi-lingual versions of those originally written in German, span the development of Wittgenstein's thought, his range of interests, and his methods of philosophical investigation. Short introductions, an index, and an updated version of Georg Henrik von Wright's (...)
     
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  3. Matters of Interest: The Objects of Research in Science and Technoscience. [REVIEW]Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Sacha Loeve, Alfred Nordmann & Astrid Schwarz - 2011 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 42 (2):365-383.
    This discussion paper proposes that a meaningful distinction between science and technoscience can be found at the level of the objects of research. Both notions intermingle in the attitudes, intentions, programs and projects of researchers and research institutions—that is, on the side of the subjects of research. But the difference between science and technoscience becomes more explicit when research results are presented in particular settings and when the objects of research are exhibited for the specific interest they hold. When an (...)
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    The Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science.Michael Friedman & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - 2006 - MIT Press.
    Historians of philosophy, science, and mathematics explore the influence of Kant's philosophy on the evolution of modern scientific thought.
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    Science Transformed?: Debating Claims of an Epochal Break.Alfred Nordmann, Hans Radder & Gregor Schiemann (eds.) - 2011 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
    Advancements in computing, instrumentation, robotics, digital imaging, and simulation modeling have changed science into a technology-driven institution. Government, industry, and society increasingly exert their influence over science, raising questions of values and objectivity. These and other profound changes have led many to speculate that we are in the midst of an epochal break in scientific history. -/- This edited volume presents an in-depth examination of these issues from philosophical, historical, social, and cultural perspectives. It offers arguments both for and against (...)
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    A Forensics of Wishing: Technology Assessment in the Age of Technoscience. [REVIEW]Alfred Nordmann - 2010 - Poiesis and Praxis 7 (1-2):5-15.
    If one considers the Collingridge dilemma to be a dilemma awaiting a solution, one has implicitly abandoned a genuinely historical conception of the future and adopted instead a notion of the future as an object of technical design, the realisation of technical possibility or as wish-fulfilment. The definition of technology assessment (TA) as a successful response to the Collingridge dilemma renders it a technoscience that shares with all the others the conceit of being able, supposedly, to shape the future. An (...)
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    Noumenal Technology.Alfred Nordmann - 2005 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 8 (3):3-23.
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    Beyond Conversation: Some Lessons for Nanoethics. [REVIEW]Alfred Nordmann - 2010 - NanoEthics 4 (2):171-181.
    One of the aims of the DEEPEN project was to deepen ethical understanding of issues related to emerging nanotechnologies through an interdisciplinary approach utilizing insights from philosophy, ethics, and the social sciences. Accordingly, part of its final report was dedicated to the question of what was accomplished with regards to this aim and what further research is required. It relates two insights: Nanotechnologies intensify the ambivalence of ongoing, long-term developments; and yet, our intuitions and received story-lines fail us as a (...)
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    Another New Wittgenstein: The Scientific and Engineering Background of the Tractatus.Alfred Nordmann - 2002 - Perspectives on Science 10 (3):356-384.
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    Wittgenstein's Tractatus: An Introduction.Alfred Nordmann - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus' is one of the most important books of the twentieth century. It influenced philosophers and artists alike and it continues to fascinate readers today. It offers rigorous arguments but clothes them in enigmatic pronouncements. Wittgenstein himself said that his book is 'strictly philosophical and simultaneously literary, and yet there is no blathering in it'. This introduction, first published in 2005, considers both the philosophical and the literary aspects of the 'Tractatus' and shows how they are related. (...)
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    Science in the Context of Application: Methodological Change, Conceptual Transformation, Cultural Reorientation.Martin Carrier & Alfred Nordmann - 2011 - In M. Carrier & A. Nordmann (eds.), Science in the Context of Application. Springer. pp. 1--7.
  12. Darwinians at War Bateson's Place in Histories of Darwinism.Alfred Nordmann - 1992 - Synthese 91 (1-2):53 - 72.
    The controversy between Biometricians and Mendelians has been called an inexplicable embarrassment since it revolved around the mistaken identification of Mendelian genetics with non-Darwinian saltationism, a mistake traced back to the non-Darwinian William Bateson, who introduced Mendelian analysis to British science. The following paper beings to unravel this standard account of the controversy by raising a simple question: Given that Bateson embraced evolution by natural selection and that he studied the causes of variation within a broadly Darwinian framework of problems (...)
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    Engaging Narratives and the Limits of Lay Ethics: Introduction. [REVIEW]Alfred Nordmann & Phil Macnaghten - 2010 - NanoEthics 4 (2):133-140.
    How can one discover the ethical issues associated with nanotechnologies? One heuristic is to tend closely to the ethical reflections of lay publics and the ways in which these are informed by experience with technological innovation, technology governance, and the (broken) promises of visionary science and technology. A close collaboration between social scientists and philosophers took this heuristic to its limits: On the one hand, it achieved remarkably fine–grained insights into public reflection about nanotechnologies. On the other hand, a philosophical (...)
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    Noumenal Technology: Reflections on the Incredible Tininess of Nano.Alfred Nordmann - 2005 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 8 (3):3-23.
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    Invisible Origins of Nanotechnology: Herbert Gleiter, Materials Science, and Questions of Prestige.Alfred Nordmann - 2009 - Perspectives on Science 17 (2):pp. 123-143.
    Herbert Gleiter promoted the development of nanostructured materials on a variety of levels. In 1981 already, he formulated research visions and produced experimental as well as theoretical results. Still he is known only to a small community of materials scientists. That this is so is itself a telling feature of the imagined community of nanoscale research. After establishing the plausibility of the claim that Herbert Gleiter provided a major impetus, a second step will show just how deeply Gleiter shaped (and (...)
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    Molecular Disjunctions: Staking Claims at the Nanoscale.Alfred Nordmann - 2004 - In Baird D. (ed.), Discovering the Nanoscale. Ios. pp. 51--62.
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    The Political Economy of Technoscience.Astrid Schwarz & Alfred Nordmann - 2011 - In M. Carrier & A. Nordmann (eds.), Science in the Context of Application. Springer. pp. 317--336.
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    Object Lessons: Towards an Epistemology of Technoscience.Alfred Nordmann - 2012 - Scientiae Studia 10 (SPE):11-31.
    Discussions of technoscience are bringing to light that scientific journals feature very different knowledge claims. At one end of the spectrum, there is the scientific claim that a hypothesis needs to be reevaluated in light of new evidence. At the other end of the spectrum, there is the technoscientific claim that some new measure of control has been achieved in a laboratory. The latter claim has not received sufficient attention as of yet. In what sense is the achievement of control (...)
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    Science in the Context of Technology.Alfred Nordmann - 2011 - In M. Carrier & A. Nordmann (eds.), Science in the Context of Application. Springer. pp. 467--482.
  20. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Public and Private Occasions.James Klagge & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - 2003 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    For Wittgenstein, philosophy was an on-going activity. Only in his dialog with the philosophical community and in his private moments does Wittgenstein's philosophical practice fully come to light.
     
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    Ask Not What Philosophy Can Do for Chemistry, but What Chemistry Can Do for Philosophy: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Jonathan Simon: Chemistry: The Impure Science. Imperial College Press, London, 2008, Xii + 268 Pp, UK£37.00 HB.Hasok Chang, Alfred Nordmann, Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent & Jonathan Simon - 2010 - Metascience 19 (3):373-383.
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    Knots and Strands: An Argument for Productive Disillusionment.Alfred Nordmann - 2007 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (3):217 – 236.
    This article offers a contrast between European and US-American approaches to the convergence of enabling technologies and to associated issues. It identifies an apparently paradoxical situation in which regional differences produce conflicting claims to universality, each telling us what can and will happen to the benefit of humanity. Those who might mediate and negotiate these competing claims are themselves entangled in the various positions. A possible solution is offered, namely a universalizable strategy that aims to disentangle premature claims to unity (...)
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    Persistent Propensities: Portrait of a Familiar Controversy. [REVIEW]Alfred Nordmann - 1990 - Biology and Philosophy 5 (4):379-399.
    Susan Mills and John Beatty's propensity interpretation of fitness encountered very different philosophical criticisms by Alexander Rosenberg and Kenneth Waters. These criticisms and the rejoinders to them are both predictable and important. They are predictable as raisingkinds of issues typically associated with disposition concepts (this is established through a systematic review of the problems generated by Carnap's dispositional interpretation of all scientific terms). They are important as referring the resolution of these issues to the development of evolutionary biology. This historical (...)
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    Facts-Well-Put.Davis Baird & Alfred Nordmann - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (1):37-77.
    In this paper we elucidate a particular type of instrument. Striking-phenomenon instruments assume their striking profile against the shifting backdrop of theoretical uncertainties. While technologically stable, the phenomena produced by these instruments are linguistically fuzzy, subject to a variety of conceptual representations. But in virtue of their technological stability alone, they can provide a foundation for further technological as well as conceptual development. Sometimes, as in the case of the pulse glass, the phenomenon is taken to confirm conflicting theoretical views; (...)
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  25. Was wissen die Technowissenschaften.Alfred Nordmann - 2011 - In Carl-Friedrich Gethmann (ed.), Lebenswelt Und Wissenschaft. Meiner Verlag. pp. 566--79.
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    Heinrich Hertz. [REVIEW]Alfred Nordmann - 2013 - Isis 104:172-173.
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    Goodbye and Farewell: Siegel Vs. Feyerabend.Alfred Nordmann - 1990 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 33 (3):317 – 331.
    In his review (Inquiry 32 [1989], pp. 343?69) of Paul Feyerabend's Farewell to Reason, Harvey Siegel makes a fairly simple point: Feyerabend provides a bad argument for a good cause. In particular, Siegel maintains that the argument suffers, first, from self?inflicted depreciation: having been rendered impotent by Feyerabend's views of objectivity and rationality, what claim to persuasion can his argument possibly hold? And second, the argument is said to be incoherent: instead of respecting and leaving alone diverse cultures and traditions (...)
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    Community, Immortality, Enlightenment.Alfred Nordmann - 1995 - Proceedings of the Eighth International Kant Congress 2:705-712.
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    Editors' Introduction: Forays Into the Trading Zone of Image and Logic.Davis Baird & Alfred Nordmann - 1999 - Perspectives on Science 7 (2):147-150.
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    Editor's Introduction to Peter Galison's Image and Logic and This Pos Collection of Critical Essays.Davis Baird & Alfred Nordmann - 1999 - Perspectives on Science 7 (2):147-150.
  31. .Michael Friedman & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - 2006 - MIT Press.
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  32. Unheimlichkeit Und Autonomie. Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie 6.Don Ihde, Andreas Kaminski, Alexander Friedrich, Petra Gehring, Christoph Hubig & Alfred Nordmann - 2020 - Baden-Baden: Nomos.
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  33. What is Postphenomenology? A Controversy.Don Ihde, Andreas Kaminski, Alexander Friedrich, Petra Gehring, Christoph Hubig & Alfred Nordmann - 2020 - In Unheimlichkeit und Autonomie. Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie 6. Baden-Baden: Nomos. pp. 261-287.
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  34. Arbeit und Spiel. Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie 4.Andreas Kaminski, Alexander Friedrich, Petra Gehring, Christoph Hubig & Alfred Nordmann - 2018
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  35. Ding und System. Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie 1.Andreas Kaminski, Gerhard Gamm, Petra Gehring, Christoph Hubig & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - 2015 - Zürich: Diaphane.
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  36. Konfigurationen der Zeitlichkeit. Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie 7.Andreas Kaminski, Alexander Friedrich, Petra Gehring, Christoph Hubig & Alfred Nordmann - 2021 - Baden-Baden, Deutschland: Nomos.
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  37. Steuern und Regeln. Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie 5.Andreas Kaminski, Petra Gehring, Alexander Friedrich, Christoph Hubig & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - 2019 - Baden-Baden: Nomos.
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  38. Technisches Nichtwissen. Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie 3.Andreas Kaminski, Alexander Friedrich, Petra Gehring, Christoph Hubig & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - 2017 - Baden-Baden: Nomos.
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    Book Notes. [REVIEW]Keith Burgess‐Jackson, Cheshire Calhoun, Susan Finsen, Chad W. Flanders, Heather J. Gert, Peter G. Heckman, John Kelsay, Michael Lavin, Michelle Y. Little, Lionel K. McPherson, Alfred Nordmann, Kirk Pillow, Ruth J. Sample, Edward D. Sherline, Hans O. Tiefel, Thomas S. Tomlinson, Steven Walt, Patricia H. Werhane, Edward C. Wingebach & Christopher F. Zurn - 2001 - Ethics 112 (1):189-201.
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    Technology Assessment of Socio-Technical Futures—A Discussion Paper.Andreas Lösch, Knud Böhle, Christopher Coenen, Paulina Dobroc, Reinhard Heil, Armin Grunwald, Dirk Scheer, Christoph Schneider, Arianna Ferrari, Dirk Hommrich, Martin Sand, Stefan C. Aykut, Sascha Dickel, Daniela Fuchs, Karen Kastenhofer, Helge Torgersen, Bruno Gransche, Alexandra Hausstein, Kornelia Konrad, Alfred Nordmann, Petra Schaper-Rinkel, Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer & Alexander Wentland - 2019 - In Andreas Lösch, Armin Grunwald, Martin Meister & Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer (eds.), Socio-Technical Futures Shaping the Present: Empirical Examples and Analytical Challenges. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. pp. 285-308.
    Problem: Visions of technology, future scenarios, guiding visions represent imaginations of future states of affairs that play a functional role in processes of technological research, development and innovation—e.g. as a means to create attention, communication, coordination, or for the strategic exertion of influence. Since a couple of years there is a growing attention for such imaginations of futures in politics, the economy, research and the civil society. This trend concerns technology assessment as an observer of these processes and a consultant (...)
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    Reasoning in Measurement: History and Philosophy of Technoscience Volume 9.Nicola Mößner & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - 2017 - New York: Routledge.
    This collection offers a new understanding of the epistemology of measurement. The interdisciplinary volume explores how measurements are produced, for example, in astronomy and seismology, in studies of human sexuality and ecology, in brain imaging and intelligence testing. It considers photography as a measurement technology and Henry David Thoreau's poetic measures as closing the gap between mind and world. -/- By focusing on measurements as the hard-won results of conceptual as well as technical operations the authors of the book no (...)
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  42. Discovering the Nanoscale.Cyrus Cm Mody, Davis Baird, Alfred Nordmann & Joachim Schummer - 2004 - In Baird D. (ed.), Discovering the Nanoscale. Ios.
     
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  43. The Epistemology of Measurement: Representational and Technological Dimensions.Nicola Moeßner & Alfred Nordmann (eds.) - forthcoming - Chatto & Pickering.
     
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    A Feeling for the Work as a Limited Whole.Alfred Nordmann - 2018 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 22 (3):334-351.
    This is a paper, on the face of it, about Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and its contribution to the philosophy of technology. As such, it advances a three-fold claim: Especially the early Wittgenstein was not a philosopher of technology. Though he does not recognize philosophical problems of technology—for example, of engineering knowledge—he is keenly aware of the limits of philosophy. Thus, he inadvertently opens up a perspective for the philosophy of technology, after all. By drawing out the implications of this perspective for (...)
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    A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics: Essays on the 19th and 20th Century Physics (Vol. 213 of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science). [REVIEW]Alfred Nordmann - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (4):677-679.
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    Another Parting of the Ways: Intersubjectivity and the Objectivity of Science.Alfred Nordmann - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 43 (1):38-46.
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    Comparing Incommensurable Theories.Alfred Nordmann - 1986 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 17 (2):231-246.
  48. Collapse of Distance: Epistemic Strategies of Science and Technoscience.Alfred Nordmann - 2006 - Danish Yearbook of Philosophy 41 (1):7-34.
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    Decisions and Revisions: Philosophical Essays on Knowledge and Value by Isaac Levi; Hard Choices: Decision Making Under Unresolved Conflict by Isaac Levi.Alfred Nordmann - 1988 - Isis 79:310-312.
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    Decisions and Revisions: Philosophical Essays on Knowledge and Value. Isaac LeviHard Choices: Decision Making Under Unresolved Conflict. Isaac Levi.Alfred Nordmann - 1988 - Isis 79 (2):310-312.
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