Philosophy of Engineering and Technology

Norms in Technology

Editors: de Vries, Marc J, Hansson, Sven Ove, Meijers, Anthonie W.M. (Eds.)

  • The first book to survey normativity in technological knowledge and innovation
  • Provides analysis of emerging topics in scientific ethics and epistemology
  • Includes analysis of norms relating to technological risks ​
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This book is a distinctive fusion of philosophy and technology, delineating the normative landscape that informs today’s technologies and tomorrow’s inventions. The authors examine what we deem to be the internal norms that govern our ever-expanding technical universe. Recognizing that developments in technology and engineering literally create our human future, transforming existing knowledge into tomorrow’s tools and infrastructure, they chart the normative criteria we use to evaluate novel technological artifacts: how, for example, do we judge a ‘good’ from a ‘bad’ expert system or nuclear power plant? As well as these ‘functional’ norms, and the norms that guide technological knowledge and reasoning, the book examines commonly agreed benchmarks in safety and risk reduction, which play a pivotal role in engineering practice.

Informed by the core insight that, in technology and engineering, factual knowledge relating, for example, to the properties of materials or the load-bearing characteristics of differing construction designs is not enough, this analysis follows the often unseen foundations upon which technologies rest—the norms that guide the creative forces shaping the technical landscape to come. The book, a comprehensive survey of these emerging topics in the philosophy of technology, clarifies the role these norms (epistemological, functional, and risk-assessing) play in technological innovation, and the consequences they have for our understanding of technological knowledge.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hansson, Sven Ove (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Extending the Scope of the Theory of Knowledge

    Meijers, Anthonie W. M. (et al.)

    Pages 15-34

  • Rules, Plans and the Normativity of Technological Knowledge

    Houkes, Wybo N.

    Pages 35-54

  • Beliefs, Acceptances and Technological Knowledge

    Vries, Marc J. (et al.)

    Pages 55-65

  • Policy Objectives and the Functions of Transport Systems

    Rosencrantz, Holger

    Pages 67-82

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eBook $119.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-9816-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Norms in Technology
Editors
  • Marc J de Vries
  • Sven Ove Hansson
  • Anthonie W.M. Meijers
Series Title
Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5243-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5243-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5242-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9816-8
Series ISSN
1879-7202
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 244
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