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The challenge of quantification: an interdisciplinary reading

Di Fiore, M. ORCID:, Kuc-Czarnecka, M. ORCID:, Lo Piano, S. ORCID:, Puy, A. ORCID: and Saltelli, A. ORCID: (2023) The challenge of quantification: an interdisciplinary reading. Minerva, 61. pp. 53-70. ISSN 0026-4695

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The present work looks at what we call "the multiverse of quantification", where visible and invisible numbers permeate all aspects and venues of life. We review the contributions of different authors who focus on the roles of quantification in society, with the aim of capturing different and sometimes separate voices. Several scholars, including economists, jurists, philosophers, sociologists, communication and data scientists, express concerns or identify critical areas of our relationship with new technologies of 'numericization'. While mindful of the important specificities of the different families of quantification, we use our broad and holistic canvas to explore possible spaces for a more systematic investigation of incumbent and novel quantifications, as to increase communication among disciplinary communities, and among these and society, in the pursuit a democratic agency and self-defence.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering
ID Code:110271
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rating, Algorithms, Mathematical Modelling, Metrics, Ethics Of Quantification, Sociology Of Quantification


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