Discourse ethics in TA procedures: a game theory model
Author: Pontzen, Henrik
Source: Poiesis & Praxis, Volume 4, Number 3, September 2006 , pp. 219-230(12)
Abstract:This article argues that an ethic applying the technology assessment (TA)-method is only feasible as a risk ethic, since the consequences of technical action are ambivalent and uncertain. It first distinguishes possible strategies of justification for a risk ethic, that is (a) deontological, (b) teleological and (c) procedural approaches. On the basis of the critique of both (a) and (b), a central problem for the integration of discourse ethics in the TA-method is highlighted by reverting to a game theory modeling: As it turns out, mechanisms of self-selection undermine the representativity of discourses and thus its legitimation. In view of this dilemma, the article pledges for a complementary approach selectively integrating (a)–(c) into a “provisional moral”.
Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: September 1, 2006