Hans Blumenberg

Writings on Technology

In the 1950s and 1960s, Hans Blumenberg considered combining a philosophy of technology with a philosophy of time, which is only rarely mentioned today. This may be due to the fact that he never wrote a »Philosophy of Technology« – however, a series of shorter writings in which he develops his idea on the subject poignantly were found in his literary estate.

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Olaf Breidbach

New Orders of Knowledge

We live in a society that primarily generates knowledge rather than material things. Culture, as the connection between all possible interactions in a human society, transforms this knowledge that has evolved over time. What criteria should we apply to measure knowledge and information, and to what extent should we distinguish between the two?

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Roman Brinzanik, Tobias Hülswitt

Will we live forever?

This is an interdisciplinary non-fiction book containing 14 interviews with leading scientists, philosophers and artists about the radical extension of healthy human lifespan and the merging of man and technology. It is not science fiction! The interviewees are international experts from 8 different countries, including the French Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Jean-Marie Lehn, the stem cell researcher Hans R. Schöler and the brain researcher Wolf Singer.

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Petra Dobner

Water Politics

Clean water is a basic requirement for earthly existence. This book makes visible the complex dimensions of the global water crisis, and against the background of theoretical conceptions of securing the common good and possibilities of political control traces the development of basic public infrastructure towards structures of global governance.

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Didier Fassin


Since antiquity, life, in Adorno’s words, has been the true field of philosophy asking about what the right and good life was. For a little more than a century, however, life has also become a subject of the social sciences. The renowned French physician, anthropologist, and sociologist Didier Fassin proposes a critical dialogue between philosophy and social research.

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Paul Feyerabend

The Philosophy of Nature

Paul Feyerabend, philosopher, physicist, anarchist, was one of the most unconventional scientists of his time. His »Anything Goes« has become a label. What few people know is that for many years Feyerabend worked on a philosophy of nature structured as a three-volume publication.

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Bernward Gesang

Climate Ethics

Although climate change is a pressing theme of our times, convincing climate ethics have yet to emerge. This book looks for an answer to the question of how political action has to be evaluated regarding the responsibility towards future generations.

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Ursula K. Heise

After Nature

The extinction of species from the perspective of cultural science.

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Hans Jonas

The Imperative of Responsibility

Hans Jonas here rethinks the foundations of ethics in light of the awesome transformations wrought by modern technology: the threat of nuclear war, ecological ravage, genetic engineering, and the like.

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Janina Loh

Robot Ethics

In her essential book, philosopher Janina Loh addresses the moral challenges that play a role in the construction of robots as well as in dealing with them: Are robots autonomous? Can they act morally? Do they have a moral value? Should they have rights? Who is responsible when a robot harms a human being?

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Markus Metz, Georg Seeßlen

Freedom and Control

One of the defining experiences of the present is that the eternal dichotomy of freedom and control continues to unfold with new sharpness: the individual and society are confronted with an unprecedented variety of ways of being free. On the other hand, technical possibilities and the widely felt need for ever-increasing control are escalating - whether over one's own body, the borders or the whole world.

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen

The Nature Cure

A passionate plea for a new medicine Though conventional medicine continues to marginalise naturopathy, our society has long made up its mind: two thirds of all patients want to be treated with natural medicine. Many physicians still believe that natural medicines are just home remedies without any scientific basis. »False,« says Andreas Michalsen, Professor at the Charité Hospital of Berlin: »Modern naturopathy does indeed have a scientific basis, and it is the only answer to the rising number of cases of chronic pain.« Ambitions to return to natural medicine and methods of healing can be observed in many areas of the world, and Andreas Michalsen is one of the pioneers combining traditional healing and modern research in an innovative way.

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Staffan Müller-Wille, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

The Gene

›The gene‹ owes its position as the central organising theme of 20th-century biology less to final scientific findings and more to the fact that its respective research object, i.e. its ›epistemic object‹, became accessible by instrumentally mediating, experimental handling step by step.

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Helga Nowotny, Giuseppe Testa

Naked Genes

The molecular life sciences are making visible what was once invisible. Yet the more we learn about our own biology, the less we are able to fit this knowledge into an integrated whole. Life is divided into new sub-units and reassembled into new forms: from genes to clones, from embryonic stages to the building-blocks of synthetic biology.

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Josef H. Reichholf

Stable Imbalances

Maintaining the biodiversity of the earth is one of the main goals of the United Nations' mission for the future. It hopes to achieve this by preserving a static world view. Modern conservation also places emphasis on the »balance of the natural environment« and thereby on a static concept of ecology.

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Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

An Epistemology of the Concrete

The works of the renowned science historian present new insights into the current debate on the relationship between natural sciences and the humanities.

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Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Gap and Joint

This book deals with scientific experimentation which has been playing an increasingly important role in the sciences since the Early Modern Age. It is all the more surprising, therefore, that scientific philosophy and history have hardly investigated the incredible diversity of experimentation.

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Gerhard Roth

On Humanity

Hardly any other field of research has undergone developments as turbulent as those within neuroscience. At the same time, the field has become the topic of fierce interdisciplinary debates that predominantly revolve around one single question: Are neuroscientific findings forcing us to revise our established conception of man?

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