Scientific Knowledge and the Transgression of Boundaries

  • Bettina-Johanna Krings
  • Hannot Rodríguez
  • Anna Schleisiek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Bettina-Johanna Krings, Hannot Rodríguez, Anna Schleisiek
    Pages 1-19
  3. Disciplinary Transgression of Boundaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
      Pages 23-33
    3. Kathrin Friedrich
      Pages 35-57
  4. Extra-Disciplinary Transgression of Boundaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Judith Igelsböck
      Pages 133-160
    3. Genco Guralp
      Pages 161-186
    4. Fabrice Pataut
      Pages 187-198
  5. Radical Transgression of Boundaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Jaume Navarro
      Pages 201-228
    3. Pedro Sáez Williams
      Pages 229-257
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-286

About this book


The aim of this book is to understand and critically appraise science-based transgression dynamics in their whole complexity. It includes contributions from experts with different disciplinary backgrounds, such as philosophy, history and sociology. Thus, it is in itself an example of boundary transgression.
Scientific disciplines and their objects have tended to be seen as permanent and distinct. However, science is better conceived as an activity that constantly surpasses, erases and rebuilds all kinds of boundaries, either disciplinary, socio-ethical or ecological. This transgressive capacity, a characteristic trait of science and its applications, defines us as “knowledge societies.” However, scientific and technological developments are also sources of serious environmental and social concerns. 

Disciplinary Transgression of Boundaries • Extra-Disciplinary Transgression of Boundaries • Radical Transgression of Boundaries 

Target Groups
Scientists and students of philosophy, sociology, history of science, and interdisciplinary fields such as technology assessment, sustainable development, science and technology studies • Practitioners in research management 

Bettina-Johanna Krings (MA in sociology, political science and anthropology; PhD in sociology) is head of the research department “Knowledge Society and Knowledge Policy” at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Hannot Rodríguez (PhD in philosophy) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU.
Anna Schleisiek (Dipl.-Soz.) is doing research on the role of economic principles in the scientific practice of research teams for her PhD project in sociology.


research policy sociology of science philosophy of science science and technology studies history of science

Editors and affiliations

  • Bettina-Johanna Krings
    • 1
  • Hannot Rodríguez
    • 2
  • Anna Schleisiek
    • 3
  1. 1.Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU Vitoria-GasteizSpain
  3. 3.BerlinGermany

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