Early engagement and new technologies: Opening up the laboratory

  • Neelke Doorn
  • Daan Schuurbiers
  • Ibo van de Poel
  • Michael E. Gorman

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Daan Schuurbiers, Neelke Doorn, Ibo van de Poel, Michael E. Gorman
      Pages 3-14
    3. Armin Grunwald, Matthias Achternbosch
      Pages 15-34
  3. Approaches to Early Engagement

  4. Reflections

  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Neelke Doorn, Daan Schuurbiers, Ibo van de Poel, Michael E. Gorman
      Pages 233-251

About this book


Despite the topic’s urgency and centrality, this is the first edited volume to offer a comprehensive assessment of the varying approaches to early engagement with new technologies, including nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology and ICT. Covering five main approaches to early engagement—constructive technology assessment (CTA), value-sensitive design (VSD), midstream modulation (MM), the network approach for moral evaluation, and political technology assessment—the book will be a pivotal text in the rapidly developing research field of ELSI, which explores the ethical, legal, and social implications of new technologies. 

Featuring leading scholars who discuss each early engagement approach in turn, the chapters cover both theory and applications, and include evaluative assessments of specific instances of early adoption of technologies. Further contributions focus on theoretical issues relevant to all approaches, including interdisciplinary cooperation, normativity and intervention, and political and public relevance. The publication has added profile due to the requirement of multi-billion-dollar research programs in the US and Europe to engage in ELSI research alongside that of the technical development itself, even in the early stages. Its comprehensive scrutiny of the core factors in early engagement will ensure a readership of policy makers as well as scientists and engineers.​


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Editors and affiliations

  • Neelke Doorn
    • 1
  • Daan Schuurbiers
    • 2
  • Ibo van de Poel
    • 3
  • Michael E. Gorman
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Technology, Policy and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.De Proeffabriek (The Pilot Plant)DelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Technology, Policy and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Science, Technology and SocietyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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