Decision-making under the condition of uncertainty and non-knowledge

The deliberative turn in genetic counselling

Authored by: Alexander Bogner

Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415718967
eBook ISBN: 9781315867762
Adobe ISBN: 9781317964674


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For the social sciences, non-knowledge has only recently become a subject of systematic reflection and conceptual work (see Gross 2010; Wehling 2006). Sociologists got interested in the issue when controversies over risk and ecological crises indicated particular limits of scientific knowledge. Consequently, an early debate on non-knowledge developed with close reference to the categories of risk and uncertainty (Collingridge 1980; Funtowicz and Ravetz 1993; Smithson 1985; Wynne 1992).

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