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Collingridge's dilemma is one of the most well-established paradigms presenting a challenge to Technology Assessment (TA). This paper aims to reconstruct the dilemma from an analytic perspective and explicates three assumptions underlying the dilemma: the temporal, knowledge and power/actor assumptions. In the light of the recent transformation of the(More)
It will be shown that the umbrella term " nanotechnology " reveals the endeavor of recent engineering sciences and science-based technologies to find a fundamental technology, in other words: a root or core technology. This is linked to the leading and exciting vision of a specific kind of reductionism, namely technological reductionism, which has not yet(More)
This paper aims to contribute to the attempts to clarify and classify the vague notion of ''technosciences'' from a historical perspective. A key question that is raised is as follows: Does Francis Bacon, one of the founding fathers of the modern age, provide a hitherto largely undiscovered programmatic position, which might facilitate a more profound(More)
Both sustainability and education are challenging process-oriented objectives. When the aim is to combine both notions, as in Higher Education in Sustainability (HES), it is indispensable to first establish a common ground between them. In this paper, we characterise this common ground in terms of four aspects: future orientation, normativity, global(More)