Alfred Nordmann

Alfred Nordmann

Alfred Nordmann’s recent work is dedicated to the development of a history and philosophy of technoscience (HPtS) that comprehends questions of methodology, technology, epistemol-ogy, representation, and ontology. Though much of his current research is concerned with nanotechnologies, ecotechnologies, nanomedicine, and the so-called converging technologies, this is done against the background of historical and philosophical work on physics, biology, chemistry, and the history of the philosophy of science. He is collaborating closely with col-leagues especially at the University of South Carolina (D. Baird, A. Johnson, G. Khushf) and Bielefeld University (M. Carrier, J. Lenhard).

Conceptual background work on ontological questions of science and technoscience include an exploration of the contrast between metaphysical and “metachemical” perspectives on science (Nordmann 2006c), of hypothesis and the realization of the real in Charles Sanders Peirce's philosophy (Nordmann 2006d, 2008a), of causality and agency in Nancy Cartwright's work (Nordmann 2008b), or of visions for the enhancement of material nature (Nordmann 2009). Building on some of his earlier work on dispositions, Nordmann has begun to explore wether a certain employment of dispositional concepts serves to differentiate scientific and technoscientific objects (Nordmann 2006e, 2008c).