Safety is more than the antonym of risk
2006 (English)In: Journal of Applied Philosophy, ISSN 0264-3758, E-ISSN 1468-5930, Vol. 23, no 4, 419-432 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Even though much research has been devoted to studies of safety, the concept of safety is in itself under-theorised, especially concerning its relation to epistemic uncertainty. In this paper we propose a conceptual analysis of safety. The paper explores the distinc-tion between absolute and relative safety, as well as that between objective and subjective safety. Four potential dimensions of safety are discussed, viz. harm, probability, epistemic uncertainty, and control. The first three of these are used in the proposed definition of safety, whereas it is argued that control should not be included in a reasonable definition of safety. It is shown that strictly speaking, an objective safety concept is not attainable. Instead, an intersubjective concept is proposed that brings us as close as possible to an objective concept.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 23, no 4, 419-432 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-14332DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5930.2006.00345.xISI: 000209004700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-14332DiVA: diva2:332238
QC 201008032010-08-032010-08-032015-06-23Bibliographically approved