Perovskite philosophy: a branch-formation model of application-oriented science

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In this paper, I present a model of application-oriented science, to supplement existing work in science and technology studies on the re-orientation of scientific research. On this “branch-formation” model, research efforts may be guided by non-epistemic values without compromising their epistemic value: they may involve completion of mechanism representations that serve control over these mechanisms while also adding to our understanding of them. I illustrate this model with a case study from photovoltaic technology, involving the possible use of materials with the so-called ‘perovskite’ structure in dye-sensitized solar cells. The paper has three parts. The first argues how existing work on the increasing application-orientedness of scientific research can and must be supplemented with a perspective from the philosophy of science. The second presents the branch-formation model, which combines central ideas of the ‘finalization-of-science’ program of the Starnberg school with recent work in ‘mechanistic’ philosophy of science and in the philosophy of technology. The third part illustrates the branch-formation model with current developments in research on perovskite solar cells.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelPhilosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn
RedacteurenM. Franssen, P.E. Vermaas, P. Kroes, A.W.M. Meijers
Plaats van productieDordrecht
UitgeverijSpringer
Pagina's195-218
Aantal pagina's24
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-319-33717-3
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-319-33716-6
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 2016

Publicatie series

NaamPhilosophy of Engineering and Technology
UitgeverijSpringer
Volume23
ISSN van geprinte versie1879-7202
ISSN van elektronische versie1879-7210

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