The political in TA

Reflections based on Laclau and Mouffe’s plural and radical democracy theory

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14512/tatup.28.3.62

Keywords:

TA theory, post-democracy, normativity in TA, radical democracy, the political

Abstract

The normative association of technology assessment (TA) with Habermas’s deliberative democracy theory is widespread. However, there is hardly any debate on alternative concepts of democracy. This contribution, therefore, aims to stimulate debate on TA’s relation to democracy theory and to the political. Building on the discussion about the (im)possibility of normative neutrality in TA – published, among others, in this journal –, a more fundamental critique of TA’s normative foundation will be put forward. Based on Laclau and Mouffe’s plural and radical democracy theory, this contribution questions the social theoretical assumptions of a TA oriented toward deliberation and argues for a politicization and pluralization of TA.

Published

09.12.2019

How to Cite

1.
Schröder JV. The political in TA: Reflections based on Laclau and Mouffe’s plural and radical democracy theory. TATuP [Internet]. 2019 Dec. 9 [cited 2022 Jan. 27];28(3):62-7. Available from: https://tatup.de/index.php/tatup/article/view/3265