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The Responsibility of Science


  • The first book to illuminate the responsibility of science from multiple perspectives

  • Gives active scientists a voice in the debate on scientific responsibility

  • With contributions from the fields of philosophy, sociology, law and political science

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (AUST, volume 57)

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Softcover Book USD 49.99
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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. The Responsibility of Science: An Introduction

    • Harald A. Mieg
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Responsibility in Science: The Philosophical View

      • Hans Lenk
      Pages 11-50Open Access
    3. Science as a Profession: And Its Responsibility

      • Harald A. Mieg
      Pages 67-90Open Access
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 91-92
    2. The Application of the Precautionary Principle in the EU

      • Kristel De Smedt, Ellen Vos
      Pages 163-186Open Access
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 187-188
    2. Between Parrhesia and Fake: Scientific Responsibility Today

      • Rainer E. Zimmermann
      Pages 189-201Open Access
    3. The Ambivalences of the Digital—Humans and Technology Between New Dreams/Spaces of Possibility and (Un)Noticeable Losses

      • Hartmut Graßl, Stefan Bauberger, Johann Behrens, Paula Bleckmann, Rainer Engels, Eberhard Göpel et al.
      Pages 221-232Open Access
    4. Heritage Requires Citizens’ Knowledge: The COST Place-Making Action and Responsible Research

      • Heike Oevermann, Ayse Erek, Carola Hein, Conor Horan, Kata Krasznahorkai, Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange et al.
      Pages 233-255Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides an overview of issues of scientific responsibility. The volume comprises three types of contributions: first, analyses of the responsibility of science; second, analyses of the structural conditions for science and its responsibility; and third, normative versions of scientific responsibility. The questions and problems dealt with include science as a profession, ambivalence of research and dual-use, innovation vs. precaution, notions of responsibility, the role of science within society and its relation to human rights, as well as scientific and public discourses. The book addresses scholars in the fields of Science Studies and Research Policy.

This is an open access book.


  • Responsibility
  • Scientific Communities
  • Responsible Research and Innovation
  • Precaution
  • Professionalization
  • Open Access
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Harald A. Mieg

About the editor

Harald A. Mieg is (honorary) professor of Metropolitan Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is also affiliated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. The focus of his research is on planning processes in cities and research methodologies. He is president of the Berlin Society for the Study of Science, Germany.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)