The hidden fourth dimension

Normative reflexion as an extension for the theory of technology assessment

Authors

  • Helge Torgersen ITA – Institut für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (DE)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14512/tatup.27.1.21

Keywords:

technology consequences, scientific policy advice, theory of technology assessment TA practice

Abstract

A decade ago, Armin Grunwald identified three elements as essential for a future theory of technology assessment (TA): assessing impacts, complying with scientific standards, and providing policy advice. However, the institutional contexts and tasks of today’s TA have diversified. Five on-going projects were assessed with regard to the three elements proposed. They appeared in some form in every project but followed diverging interpretations, which raises doubt whether they suffice to constitute a theory of TA. Here I argue for a fourth dimension to be added, namely the discussion of normative aspects.

Published

22.03.2018

How to Cite

1.
Torgersen H. The hidden fourth dimension: Normative reflexion as an extension for the theory of technology assessment. TATuP [Internet]. 2018 Mar. 22 [cited 2021 Oct. 19];27(1):21-7. Available from: https://www.tatup.de/index.php/tatup/article/view/95

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