Epistemological Luddism

  • Alfred Nordmann Technical University Darmstadt


In the 2020 Prague Virtual Conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Langdon Winner was awarded the society’s John D. Bernal Prize jointly with Sharon Traweek. The Bernal Prize is awarded annually to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of STS. Prize recipients include founders of the field of STS, along with outstanding scholars who have devoted their careers to the understanding of the social dimensions of science and technology. This response to Winner’s Bernal lecture traces the roots of his epistemological luddism to 20th century modernism, politically as well as aesthetically.

Author Biography

Alfred Nordmann, Technical University Darmstadt

Alfred Nordmann is professor of Philosophy at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

05 Oct 2021