The present book is neither a systematic appraisal of the burgeoning literature on responsible (research and) innovation, nor does it provide advice on how to responsibly govern the many controversial techno-scientific fields that are expected to profoundly affect the future of our societies. However, our choice to opt for conceptual work concerning the notion of responsibility was also motivated by the hope to thereby improve strategies and policies for the responsible governance of science and technology. Social theory has an important role to play in clarifying this conceptual indeterminacy and, in the surprising scarcity of sociological analysis on responsibility, the book highlights some social theoretical notions that can contribute to accomplish this.
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