Metaphysics, Epistemology and Technology

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Research in Philosophy and Technology: Volume 19 advances philosophical reflections on technology through a focus on metaphysical and epistemological issues. The contributors employ the resources of both the phenomenological and analytical traditions of contemporary philosophy in their work.


Contributions include general proposals for the reform of the philosophy of technology; examinations of the work of major philosophers including Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Jonas, Ihde, and Merleau-Ponty; an extended argument for a more careful delineation of the difference between science and technology; a new analysis of the concept of efficiency; extended studies of the fate of skill in the information age and the place of the body in virtual reality.


Themed review essays and general reviews complement the chapters.

Research in Philosophy and Technology: Volume 19 advances philosophical reflections on technology through a focus on metaphysical and epistemological issues. The contributors employ the resources of both the phenomenological and analytical traditions of contemporary philosophy in their work.

Contributions include general proposals for the reform of the philosophy of technology; examinations of the work of major philosophers including Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Jonas, Ihde, and Merleau-Ponty; an extended argument for a more careful delineation of the difference between science and technology; a new analysis of the concept of efficiency; extended studies of the fate of skill in the information age and the place of the body in virtual reality.

Themed review essays and general reviews complement the chapters

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Part headings and selected papers: General introduction (C. Mitcham). Theme Section: Metaphysics and Epistemology of Technology. Changed encounters with things and ontological transformations: the case of ubiquitous computing (A.A. Araya). Hermeneutics and the phenomenon of information (R. Capurro). The fate of skills in the information age (B. Hook). The conception of time and its relationship to technology (T.J. Rivers).


Review Essays on Metaphysical and Epistemological Themes. Philosophy of Mind and Technology? David Chalmers, The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. Daniel Dennett, Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds (Reviewed by R. Liebendorfer). Living with Machines. Harry Collins and Martin Kusch, The Shape of Actions: What Humans and Machines Can Do. Bonnie A. Nardi and Vicki L. O'Day, Information Ecologies: Using Technology With Heart (Reviewed by S. Sismondo).

Reviews: Metaphysical and Epistemological Issues. The Unknowable Being of Lightness. David Park, The Fire with the Eye: A Historical Essay on the Nature and Meaning of Light (Reviewed by S. Crowley). Epistemology and Technology? Robert F. Port and Timothy van Gelder, Mind as Motion: Explorations in the Dynamics of Cognition (Reviewed by J. Collier).

Reviews: General. From Boon to Bane: Evolving Local Perceptions of a Nuclear Weapons Production Plant. Len Ackland, Making a Real Killing: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear West (Reviewed by K.B. Wiley). Of Macaronis, Prostitutes and Excise Men. Miles Ogborn, Spaces of Modernity: London's Geographies 1680-1780 (Reviewed by J.Sewell). Real-World Ethics for Engineers. Caroline Whitbeck, Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research (Reviewed by D. Clowney).

Notes on Contributors. Index for Volume 19.
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