Hand's End: Technology and the Limits of Nature

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Hand's End offers a new philosophy of technology as the fundamental way in which humans experience and define nature—the tool as humanity extended. Rothenberg examines human inventions from the water wheel to the nuclear bomb and discusses theories of technology in the thought of philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Marx, Heidegger, Spinoza, Mumford, and McLuhan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520080553
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rothenberg is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the New Jersey
Institute of Technology. His latest book, Wild Ideas, was published in 1995.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Latent Language
1 Unexpected Guile
Knowing through Making 1
Stir and Thrill 9
The Circle of Intent and Result 14
The Intention Moves 19
Relocating Infinity? 24
2 Extension's Order 28
Extensions of Action 31
Extensions of Thought 34
The Test 43
The Humanity Which Remains 46
3 Nature as Context 54
Aristotle Swims in Nature's River 56
Spinoza Sees End in Beginning 59
Bacon Turns Nature to Resource 66
Marx in So Many Mirrors 73
Heidegger Frames the Earth's Picture 79
The Myth and the Message 86
Artifice Diverts Nature in Time 105
4 Nature Is Made 108
Hands on the Lathe of Heaven 111
To Tear the Day to Shreds 115
Engines, Fuel for the Mind 122
The Machine Stops 128
Intricacy Looks at Silence 133
Viewing the Virtual 152
5 Before the End 162
Tools Unlovely to See 165
Reticent Destroyers 169
Between Utopia and Oblivion 175
Unwanted Heat 180
The Safety of Distance 186
6 Home and the World 192
The Tunnel under the Waterfall 194
Released to the Earth 195
The Pull of Opposites 199
Slicing the Strawberry 207
Blindness and Insight 210
Expression in Constraint 216
Humanity Extended 219
Notes 229
Bibliography 241
Index 253
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