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October 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. (CEST)

Risk-Technology and Risk-Society

Time
October 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. (CEST) – October 21, 2019, 5:00 p.m. (CEST)
Lecturer
Dr. Stefan Gammel (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in wissenschaftlichen Projekten an der TU Darmstadt und der Hochschule Darmstadt, Lehrbeauftragter an der TU Darmstadt, Hochschule Darmstadt und der Uni Tübingen. Schwerpunkte: Ethik und neue Technologien, Philosophie des Geistes, Utopien in Literatur und Philosophie, Temporalität und Ethik).

In 1985, Ulrich Beck's influential Book "Risikogesellschaft" was published (available in English as "Risk Society" since 1992). Beck identifies risk as the major defining characteristic of contemporary society. Beck argues that modern science and technology have shaped a society in which the creation of wealth has been overtaken by the production of risk. The quest for an equitable distribution of wealth has been replaced by the quest for safety, because society has become a kind of laboratory where nobody is in charge and where people are exposed to technological developments nobody can be held accountable for.

Learning results:

After successful participation in the course, participants will   

  • have a look at the theoretical background of the conceptions of "risk society" and "society as a laboratory";
  • get an overview about the different conceptions of what is called risk. We will mainly discuss the two main concepts of measurable risk and so called 'normal risk';
  • have a look at some central dimensions of risk: Uncertainty - how to act if outcomes are not sure. Ignorance - to take into account that you might not know important facts about a technological development. Accountability - who decides how to deal with technological developments, with what kind of legitimation? Case studies from the space shuttle accident to radioactive fallout after Chernobyl will be analyzed;
  • talk about societal modes of handling risk, uncertainty and ignorance
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Graduierten-Akademie der Universität Stuttgart GRADUS
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