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Handbook of Risk Theory


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Risk has become one of the main topics in fields as diverse as engineering, medicine and economics, and it is also studied by social scientists, psychologists and legal scholars. But the topic of Risk also leads to more fundamental questions such as: What is Risk? What can decision theory contribute to the analysis of Risk? What does the human perception of Risk mean for society? How can we judge whether a Risk is morally acceptable or not? Over the last couple of decades questions like these have attracted interest from philosophers into the theory of Risk.


This handbook brings together internationally leading philosophers and scholars from other disciplines who work on Risk Theory. The handbook addresses a wide range of topics, ranging from epistemology, decision theory, and ethics to social implications of Risk. A more detailed discription of the handbook’s focus and coverage is provided in Aims & Scope.

Sabine Roeser

(Editor in Chief)

  1. Introduction to Risk Theory
  2. A Panorama of the Philosophy of Risk
  3. The Concepts of Risk and Safety
  4. Levels of Uncertainty
  5. The Economics of Risk: A (Partial) Survey
  6. Interpretation of Forensic Evidence
  7. Risks and Scientific Responsibilities in Nanotechnology
  8. Risk and Risk-Benefit Evaluations in Biomedical Research
  9. Understanding and Governing Public Health Risks by Modeling
  10. Management of the Risks of Transport
  11. Risk and Spatial Planning
  12. Intergenerational Risks of Nuclear Energy
  13. Climate Change as Risk?
  14. Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Risk from Geophysical Hazards
  15. A Rational Approach to Risk? Bayesian Decision Theory
  16. A Philosophical Assessment of Decision Theory
  17. The Mismeasure of Risk
  18. Unreliable Probabilities, Paradoxes, and Epistemic Risks
  19. Paradoxes of Rational Choice Theory
  20. Multi-Attribute Approaches to Risk
  21. Real-Life Decisions and Decision Theory
  22. Social Influences on Risk Attitudes: Applications in Economics
  23. Risk Intelligence
  24. Risk Communication in Health
  25. Risk Perception and Societal Response
  26. The Role of Feelings in Perceived Risk
  27. Emotion, Warnings, and the Ethics of Risk Communication
  28. Cultural Cognition as a Conception of the Cultural Theory of Risk
  29. Tools for Risk Communication
  30. Ethics and Risk
  31. Toward a Premarket Approach to Risk Assessment to Protect Children
  32. Moral Emotions as Guide to Acceptable Risk
  33. Risk and Virtue Ethics
  34. Risk and Trust
  35. Risk and Responsibility
  36. What Is a Fair Distribution of Risk?
  37. Intergenerational Risks
  38. The Precautionary Principle
  39. The Capability Approach in Risk Analysis
  40. Sociology of Risk
  41. Risk and Gender: Daredevils and Eco-Angels
  42. Risk and Soft Impacts
  43. Risk and Technology Assessment
  44. Risk Governance
  45. EU Risk Regulation and the Uncertainty Challenge
  46. Risk Management in Technocracy