Living in a Technological Culture: Human Tools and Human Values

Living in a Technological Culture: Human Tools and Human Values

by Hans Oberdiek, Mary Tiles
     
 

Technology is no longer confined to the laboratory but has become an established part of our daily lives. Its sophistication offers us power beyond our human capacity which can either dazzle or threaten; it depends who is in control.
Living in a Technological Culture challenges traditionally held assumptions about the relationship between

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Overview

Technology is no longer confined to the laboratory but has become an established part of our daily lives. Its sophistication offers us power beyond our human capacity which can either dazzle or threaten; it depends who is in control.
Living in a Technological Culture challenges traditionally held assumptions about the relationship between 'man-and-machine'. It argues that contemporary science does not shape technology but is shaped by it. Neither discipline exists in a moral vacuum, both are determined by politics rather than scientific inquiry.
By questioning our existing uses of technology, this book opens up wider debate on the shape of things to come and whether we should be trying to change them now. As an introduction to the philosophy of technology this will be valuable to students, but will be equally engaging for the general reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415071000
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/14/1995
Series:
Philosophical Issues in Science Series
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Technological Culture and Its Problems1
1Conflicting Visions of Technology12
2Facts, Values and Efficiency32
3Science, Scientific Method and the Authority of Experts62
4From Applied Science to Techno-Science90
5Technology, Culture and Politics116
6Plant Breeding and the Politics of Hunger143
7Who's Responsible for this Mess?171
Notes198
References202
Index208

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