Science on the Move

Team:

Prof. Dr. Peter Weingart

Prof. Dr. Martin Carrier

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krohn

PD Dr. Günter Küppers, all Universität Bielefeld, Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung (IWT)

Prof. Dr. Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Universität Hannover, Zentrale Einrichtung für Wissenschaftstheorie und Wissenschaftsethik

The main objective of the project has been the analysis of the meaning, qualities and ordering of knowledge in the so called knowledge society. Its central point is posed by a paradox. On the one hand an ever increasing array of problems ranging from every day concerns to global challenges can only be observed, understood, and – hopefully – solved by means of science. On the other hand, exactly this expectation drives research into investigating increasingly complex phenomena and to develop comprehensive scenarios for the future. Science based knowledge and research related uncertainty reinforce each other. Trust in science and distrust in expert opinion are in close proximity. The project has pursued the paradoxical state of scientific knowledge in a variety of fields using case studies, statistical analysis and conceptual work. The topics have been ‘the new order of knowledge’, ‘new forms of knowledge production’ with special emphasis on the power and limits of modelling and simulation, ‘the role of experts and the status of expertise’, and the increase of ‘real world experimentation’ in innovation strategies. With respect to interdisciplinarity the project aimed at relating concepts and methods from the philosophy of science with those from the sociological study of science and technology.