Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction to Risk Theory

    1. Sabine Roeser, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Per Sandin, Martin Peterson
      Pages 1-23
  3. Part 1 General Issues in Risk Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Sven Ove Hansson
      Pages 27-54
    3. Niklas Möller
      Pages 55-85
    4. Hauke Riesch
      Pages 87-110
  4. Part 2 Specific Risks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Louis Eeckhoudt, Henri Loubergé
      Pages 113-133
    3. Reinoud D. Stoel, Marjan Sjerps
      Pages 135-158
    4. John Adams
      Pages 239-264
    5. Claudia Basta
      Pages 265-294
    6. Behnam Taebi
      Pages 295-318
    7. Rafaela Hillerbrand
      Pages 319-339
  5. Part 3 Decision Theory and Risk

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
    2. KarstenKlint Jensen
      Pages 405-439

About this book


Risk has become one of the main topics in fields as diverse as engineering, medicine and economics, and it is also studied by social scientists, psychologists and legal scholars. But the topic of risk also leads to more fundamental questions such as: What is risk? What can decision theory contribute to the analysis of risk? What does the human perception of risk mean for society? How should we judge whether a risk is morally acceptable or not? Over the last couple of decades questions like these have attracted interest from philosophers and other scholars into risk theory.

This handbook provides for an overview into key topics in a major new field of research. It addresses a wide range of topics, ranging from decision theory, risk perception to ethics and social implications of risk, and it also addresses specific case studies. It aims to promote communication and information among all those who are interested in theoetical issues concerning risk and uncertainty.

This handbook brings together internationally leading philosophers and scholars from other disciplines who work on risk theory. The contributions are accessibly written and highly relevant to issues that are studied by risk scholars. We hope that the Handbook of Risk Theory will be a helpful starting point for all risk scholars who are interested in broadening and deepening their current perspectives.


Analytical approach risk Business ethics risk Business risk Decision theory Decision theory risk Economic risk Engineering risk Ethical risk Finance risk Game theory Medical risk Methodology of risk Participatory approach risk Philosophy of risk Psycological of risk Quantifying risk Rational choice Risk analysis Risk and emotion Risk assessment Risk communication Risk governance Risk management Risk perception Risk politics Risk regulation Risk theory Risk-benefit-analysis Sociology of risk

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabine Roeser
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rafaela Hillerbrand
    • 3
  • Per Sandin
    • 4
  • Martin Peterson
    • 5
  1. 1.Philosophy Department Faculty of Technology, Policy and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Human Technology CenterRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  4. 4.Department of Plant Physiology and Forest GeneticsSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden
  5. 5.Section for Philosophy and EthicsEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1432-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1433-5
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