New Waves in Philosophy of Technology

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This volume on the philosophy of tecnology collects new work by the most talented young philosophers in the subject. It is a unique collection that crosses the divide between analytic and continental philosophy, showing that the rising challenges and extraordinary new possibilities brought about by technological developments necessitate the emergence of new forms of critical philosophical reflection. Thought-provoking and rigorous, this book will stimulate and direct further philosophical research for students and researchers in philosophy of science and technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230220003
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Series: New Waves in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JAN KYRRE BERG OLSEN teaches theory of science at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark He is co-editor (with Evan Selinger) of Five Questions in Philosophy of Technology (2007)

EVAN SELINGER is an Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. His books include: Chasing Technoscience: Matrix for Materiality, Postphenomenology: A Critical Companion to Ihde, The Philosophy of Expertise, Five Questions: Philosophy of Technology, and Rethinking Theories and Practices of Imaging. S├śREN RIIS is a Research Fellow at the University of Roskilde, Denmark.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Foreword Don Ihde viii

Series Preface xiv

Acknowledgements xv

Notes on the Contributors xvi

Introduction Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Evan Selinger Soren Riis 1

Part I History of Philosophy and Technology

1 Homo faber: the Unity of the History and Philosophy of Technology Keekok Lee 13

2 Becoming through Technology Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen 40

Part II Technology: Epistemic and Metaphysical Issues

3 Quick-Freezing Philosophy: an Analysis of Imaging Technologies in Neurobiology Robert Rosenberger 65

4 How to Read Technology Critically David M. Kaplan 83

5 The McLuhans and Metaphysics Graham Harman 100

6 The Question Concerning Thinking Soren Riis 123

7 Understanding Technology Ontotheologically, or: the Danger and the Promise of Heidegger, an American Perspective Iain Thomson 146

Part III Technology: Ethical and Political Issues

8 Human Enhancement and Personal Indentity Philip Brey 169

9 The Future of Humanity Nick Bostrom 186

10 Technology, the Environment and the Moral Considerability of Artefacts Benjamin Hale 216

11 Cultivating Humanity: towards a Non-Humanist Ethics of Technology Peter-Paul Verbeek 241

Part IV Comparative Philosophy of Technology

12 Technology Transfer and Globalization: a New Wave for Philosophy of Technology? Evan Selinger 267

13 Philosophy of Technology as Empirical Philosophy: Comparing Technological Scales in Practice Casper Bruun Jensen Christopher Gad 292

Index 315

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