Rune Nydal, Integrated Projects & the Shifting Role of Ethics September 14, 2010
This talk discusses the challenge of integrating ethics with reference to three historic successive idioms for thinking about science, technology and society: the representational, performative and the co-production idiom. The performative idiom cast science in terms that came to undermine the crucial distinction between the technical and the social of the representational account. The blurring of this distinction implied a critique of the way both epistemic and ethical-political normative issues had been identified and scrutinized by scholars. The co-production idiom, if it is to represent a viable alternative, needs to cast science in terms that bridges the epistemic and the ethico-political concerns. The notion of “ethos” is suggested to fill such a role as a normative crossover term. Drawing on the work of Charles Taylor, ethos is taken as a short cut reference to traces of human evaluation embedded in the socio-technical system. The role of ethicists at the lab will in this talk be linked to the work of articulating and evaluating the ethos
of a socio-technical system.
Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is currently interested in integrated projects and will be a visiting researcher at CNS-ASU during academic year 2010-11.