Hans H. Diebner's Research

Performative Science

It has been repeatedly noticed in philosophy of science and history of science that the mechanisms for the creation of knowledge in sciences oftentimes cannot explicitly be formulated. Scientists have implicit knowledge and heuristics and intuition show to advantage. A crucial role is played by the intimate interaction of the researcher with the research object (the epistemic thing) and the appliances.

Knowledge is created during an enactment without always following a strict propositional logic. In general, this is called performativity. In my own research, in referring to the work of the philosopher Martin Heidegger, I proceed on the assumption that "being-in-the-world" comes to its own in scientific doing, too. Notwithstanding the restricted verbalization of performative mechanisms it is a challenging question of whether one can at least set-up environments in which these hidden performative qualities can prosper in order to foster innovation and the creation of knowledge.

It is above all and so far almost exclusively the arts that are skilled with performativity. This is, of course, a topic in art theory. It is my attempt to fruitfully adopt this previously art theoretical studies for natural scientific and technological areas within the scope of what I call performative science. That implies a research that is located between specific problems in complex systems research and methodological research. Because my particular dedication to performative science roughly since 1999 I dedicated this area of research a separate Internet site.