The first attempt has proved a failure: the “Universal and General Reformation of the Whole Wide World” — the humble aim of the Modern Age so aptly formulated by Johann Valentin Andreae1 — did indeed take place, but in a form which has shattered all the hopes of the Early Modern Age for a union between scientific and technical progress and the universal satisfaction of human needs. Work is now in progress on the second draft. But what the late-twentieth century demands and needs is:
an end to the scientific-technical construction of rational paradises, and instead the social reconstruction of the scientific-technical world;
an end to attempts to exercise mastery of nature, and instead the social reform of control over science and technology;
an end to the scientific revolutionizing of the world to the exclusion of “Moralls and Politicks”2 and instead the renormatization of scientific knowledge.