Making the invisible visible: Normativities in and of technology assessment

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  • University of Oxford
  • ULG - Université de Liège

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Abstract

Technology assessment (TA) is an analytic and interactive practice that produces evaluative judgments about the societal implications of technology. Despite this distinct evaluative disposition, “normativities” inherent in TA programs and practices often remain hidden. Therefore, TA practice and outcomes often overlook a range of methodological, ethical, and political issues. In an attempt to remedy this shortcoming, this article explores how TA aims to improve political decision making in science and technology (meta-normativity) and is imbued with the values, norms, and moral positions of both participants and TA practitioners (in-normativity). It provides recommendations to render these normativities in TA more visible, and thereby amenable to reconsideration and change.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalTATuP – Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis
Volume28
Issue number1
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StatePublished - 3 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • deliberation, ethics, normativity, pragmatism, technology assessment

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