Nichtwissen lenken

Nanotechnologie in Europa und den Vereinigten Staaten

This book develops a fresh and challenging perspective on ignorance. Drawing on a wide and diverse range of expert interviews and policy documents from nanotechnology discourses in Britain, Germany, the US and the EU, it argues that contemporary knowledge societies lack robust instruments with which they can regulate technosciences. Due to the high amount of ignorance inherent in technosciences and emerging technologies, a broad range of societal actors are involved in assessing and regulating them. This leads to a situation where expertise is being delegated to society as a whole, the boundaries between reliable and speculative knowledge are merging and responsibilities specific to certain institutions are dissolving. 

This book concludes by stating that the amount of ignorance is even increasing and, despite intense societal attempts, it is neither being diluted nor controlled. Thus, regulating technosciences is taking place in an environment of maximum openness and minimal commitment.

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung, Band 18.

Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 403 S., gebunden, Deutsch
ISBN 978-3-8487-3636-2