The Proceedings of the Karlsruhe Academic Session (1997) of the International Academy of the Philosophy of the Sciences cover the topic of philosophy of technology. Half a dozen of other pertinent topical papers have been added in order to extend the topics dealt with and to reach a rather comprehensive overview of this multi-ramified field. Nowadays philosophy of technology is not only confronted with new, anthropological and social as well as political problems to deal with, but also with methodological problems of the mutual interactions between science and technology, with problems of reliability and viability of technology assessment, e. g. with risks, environmental and social impact assessments. The importance and necessity of a philosophy and a practice-oriented ethics of technology will drastically rise and grow in the near future.
Hans Lenk ist Profesor am Institut für Philosophie der Universität Karlsruhe.
: (Matthias Maring ist Professor am Institut für Philosophie und Leiter des Ethisch-Philosophischen Grundlagenstudiums (EPG) am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)