Prof. Dr. Alfred Nordmann

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Working Knowledge and the Grammar of Things

Picking up where earlier collaborations with Davis Baird left off, the notion of working knowledge is juxtaposed to that of thing knowledge – with. Sachlichkeit as the epistemic virtue for the acquisition and demonstration of ways to make things work together. These ways of composing things involve rules or manuals of composition which distinguish genre of technological art – mechanical, electrical, software engineering each have their own grammars of things.

These considerations contribute to the epistemology of technoscience, they informed the December 2016 workshop on a Laocoön for the technological arts (and subsequent summer schools, see below), and the June 2017 conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT 2017) on “The Grammar of Things.”