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Translations of Technology and the Future of Engineering

  • Albrecht Fritzsche
  • Sascha Julian Oks
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Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 31)

Abstract

Philosophers of technology, engineers, and other experts involved with the same subject matter look at technology in different ways. This paper explores what happens if conflicts and misunderstandings between them cannot be resolved. The exchange between the different expert groups on philosophical questions concerning technology is described as a continuous practice of coping with diversity. This practice can be described as translation, because it connects otherwise unrelated expressions of meaning. It lays the foundation for any further productive treatment of technology in society and future possibilities for the development of engineering. The chapters of this book are used as an illustration of the many different faces and levels of translation in the field.

Keywords

Empirical turn Post-normal engineering Diversity Translation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Information SystemsFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergNürnbergGermany

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