Vision Assessment: Shaping Technology in 21st Century Society

Towards a Repertoire for Technology Assessment

  • John Grin
  • Armin Grunwald

Part of the Wissenchaftsethik und Technikfolgenbeurteilung book series (ETHICSSCI, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Outline

    1. Michael Decker, John Grin, Armin Grunwald, Peter Mambrey, Rob Reuzel, August Tepper et al.
      Pages 1-6
  3. Introduction

  4. Case Studies. Technology Assessment and the Role of Visions

  5. Visions and Societal Rationality

  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-189
    2. John Grin, Armin Grunwald, Michael Decker, Peter Mambrey, Rob Reuzel, Gert Jan van der Wilt
      Pages 169-189
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 191-192

About this book


One way to shape technology and its embedding in society in the 21st century is through the visions that guide their development, especially concerning the long-term societal perspective. A critical discussion and assessment of these visions is a prerequisite for influencing the course of development. Technology assessment, therefore, has to provide a methodological repertoire for assessing and constructing visions, taking into account the requirements for long-term orientation and the need for public legitimation. This volume draws upon insights from technology assessment (TA), political sciences, epistemology, sociology and ethics. It contributes to the recent literature on "shaping technology", taking into account the "co-evolution of technology and society". It is connected to the TA literature that emphasises TA's pro-active role and its contricution to political judgement. It uses those insights from policy planning and epistemology that may help to reconcile long-term planning and public legitimacy.


Co-Evolution Technologie Technologiefolgen Technology Assessment development ethics planning robot technology

Editors and affiliations

  • John Grin
    • 1
  • Armin Grunwald
    • 2
  1. 1.Afdeling PoliticologieUniversiteit van AmsterdamDL AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und SystemanalyseForschungszentrum KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64092-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59702-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-4803
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-4811
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