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Reconstructing biotechnologies: critical social analyses 41 Guido Ruivenkamp how, and even why). ). Indeed, this shift in the character of praxis is already announced by the ever-growing debate on the ‘unplanned side-effects’ of technology development. In general this debate is focused on the issue of whether and how man can reduce the unplanned side-effects of new technological developments, accepting that a complete control of these side-effects and their risks is not possible. What this debate does not do is to raise the more basic question of whether the unplanned side effects and risks indicate that man no longer plans technology development, but rather has to adapt himself to that technology development, which can no longer fully be planned or controlled.
Reconstructing biotechnologies: critical social analyses 33 Guido Ruivenkamp The totality concept also implies that social phenomena cannot be studied as isolated facts but are perceived as part of a totality. The dialectic character of the phenomena stands in the fact that each phenomenon is an expression of a totality, but at the same time masquerades that totality and manifests itself as an autonomous event. Indeed, the Frankfurters reproach other social scientists and particularly empirical sociologists for focusing only on empirical facts as isolated phenomena.
3 An international network was formed in 1999, called ‘Tailor-Made BioTechnologies (TMBT) for endogenous developments’, to stimulate an international information exchange concerning the experiences of six regional units to develop such a ‘third approach’. com). Reconstructing biotechnologies: critical social analyses 29 Guido Ruivenkamp 2. The tension between what is and what may become According to Feenberg (2005: 87) critical theory elaborates the notion that ‘what is’ is fraught with a tension between its empirical reality and its potentialities.
Reconstructing Biotechnologies: Critical Social Analyses by Guido Ruivenkamp