Knowing and acting: The precautionary and proactionary principles in relation to policy making

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Article discussing the relationship between knowledge (in the form of scientific risk assessment) and action (in the form of technological innovation) as they come together in policy, which itself is both a kind of knowledge and acting.

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Creation Date: 2013  
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Holbrook, J. Britt

University of North Texas

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Briggle, Adam

University of North Texas

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  • Creation: 2013
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Article discussing the relationship between knowledge (in the form of scientific risk assessment) and action (in the form of technological innovation) as they come together in policy, which itself is both a kind of knowledge and acting.

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Abstract: This essay explores the relationship between knowledge (in the form of scientific risk assessment) and action (in the form of technological innovation) as they come together in policy, which itself is both a kind of knowing and acting. It first illustrates the dilemma of timely action in the face of uncertain unintended consequences. It then introduces the precautionary and proactionary principles as different alignments of knowledge and action within the policymaking process. The essay next considers a cynical and a hopeful reading of the role of these principles in public policy debates. We argue that the two principles, despite initial appearances, are not all that different when it comes to formulating public policy. We also suggest that principles in general can be used either to guide our actions, or to determine them for us. We argue that allowing principles to predetermine our actions undermines the sense of autonomy necessary for true action.

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23 p.

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Keyword(s): precautionary principles | proactionary principles | policy | decision procedure
Source: Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 2013
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UNT College of Arts and Sciences
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UNT Scholarly Works
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Publication Title: Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
Volume: 2
Issue: 5
Page Start: 15
Page End: 37
Peer Reviewed: Yes