The hidden fourth dimension
Normative reflexion as an extension for the theory of technology assessment
Keywords:technology consequences, scientific policy advice, theory of technology assessment TA practice
A decade ago, Armin Grunwald identified three elements as essential for a future theory of technology assessment (TA): assessing impacts, complying with scientific standards, and providing policy advice. However, the institutional contexts and tasks of today’s TA have diversified. Five on-going projects were assessed with regard to the three elements proposed. They appeared in some form in every project but followed diverging interpretations, which raises doubt whether they suffice to constitute a theory of TA. Here I argue for a fourth dimension to be added, namely the discussion of normative aspects.
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