Technology assessment as diagnosis of time and theory
Insides from Günter Ropohl’s technological enlightment
Ropohl bases his theory of technization on a diagnosis of time which orients his proposal in a normative way. Furthermore, Ropohl derives his idea of technological enlightenment directly from his diagnosed crises of his time. His example shows that every theory of technology assessment (TA) is marked by some sort of historically-normative imprint. In order to critically assess TA’s self-understanding and its aim, it is necessary – in contrast to Ropohl – to also discuss and make visible the inherent diagnoses of time.
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