International Handbook on Responsible Innovation
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International Handbook on Responsible Innovation

A Global Resource

Edited by René von Schomberg and Jonathan Hankins

The Handbook constitutes a global resource for the fast growing interdisciplinary research and policy communities addressing the challenge of driving innovation towards socially desirable outcomes. This book brings together well-known authors from the US, Europe and Asia who develop conceptual and regional perspectives on responsible innovation as well as exploring the prospects for further implementation of responsible innovation in emerging technological practices ranging from agriculture and medicine, to nanotechnology and robotics. The emphasis is on the socio-economic and normative dimensions of innovation including issues of social risk and sustainability.
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Chapter 4: Choosing freedom: ethical governance for responsible research and innovation

Robert Gianni


In this chapter I provide an overview of the concept of responsibility which advocates the overcoming of its usual fragmentation by connecting its overall sense to the objective it is called to protect and develop, freedom. By proposing a social understanding of individual freedom, I suggest that a similar, complex understanding of responsibility can protect it from misleading or malevolent usages. I then integrate such theoretical features into an ethical and pragmatic governance framework aimed at increasing social engagement through communicative means. This enables us to think of a conception of responsible research and innovation (RRI) as the immanent actualization defining what and who counts as responsible in the overall promotion of freedom(s).

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